A few weeks ago a CDC doctor shared that the recent Flu shot could be responsible for the deadly epidemic sweeping the country this season. “Some of the patients I’ve administered the flu shot to this year have died,” the doctor said, adding “I don’t care who you are, this scares the crap out of me.”
Several health officials believe that 2018 will end up being the worst flu outbreak that our country has experienced since 1918. CDC doctors said they have never seen an outbreak like this. 50 children have died and there has been more than 14,000 people hospitalized.
Now it seems that a second wave of the deadly Flu virus could be here sooner than we think.
“We think we’re at the peak of this Influenza A right now, but again, I thought we were at a peak a few weeks ago and it just kept going up,” said University Hospitals Infectious Disease Dr. Claudia Hoyen.
Hoyen is now warning americans of a B strain of Influenze that will start on the second half of flue season.
“Influenza A typically hits people the hardest from December to February. After that, comes Influenza B, which tends to circulate from March until May. The virus is entirely different, which means people who’ve already been sick with the flu this season can get sick all over again.”
You read that correctly. Even if you got sick form the first strain chances are high that you could still come into contact with Influenze B and your risk for coming down with more serious issues like pneumonia might be increased, so you don’t want to take any chance.
This is a scary thought.
So what can you do to be prepared and increase the chance that you stay happy and healthy the rest of this season?
The CDC shared 5 thing you can do to be healthy this flu season:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Practice other good health habits, including disinfecting surfaces, getting plenty of sleep, being physically active and eating nutritious food
These are just a few things you can do. I highly suggest staying home if you are sick as one of the most important. You can be contagious for up to 10 days. Stay in and keep it from spreading.
Share this message with friends and family so they know how to be prepared.