When the flu season reaches its peak, there are a few things that you should know in order to decrease your chances of contracting the virus. According to Washington Post’s report, there are numerous people who don’t get the correct information about each strain of the flu as they believe what they read on social media sites instead of talking to doctors and other healthcare providers to get the facts about what to expect. After getting their information, some of these people don’t take the proper precautions to keep themselves and others protected against the virus because they don’t believe that it will be as significant as medical professionals claim.
There are often millions of people who get at least one strain of the flu virus each season with some people contracting multiple strains. Thousands of people are usually hospitalized each season with many elderly and children dying because the virus is simply too much for their bodies to handle. Those with immune disorders or other health issues are often among those who are hospitalized or among those who die as well. While many people will usually contract the most common flu strain during the season, there is a large percentage of people who will contract the strain that is irregular, which means that flu vaccines usually won’t help with any kind of prevention.
A new vaccine seems to be working for more children who contract the flu virus. The vaccine decreases the length of time that the virus lingers in the body and lessens the symptoms that are experienced if the virus is contracted. With the new vaccine, there are fewer people seeking medical attention from doctors and hospitals. Even after the peak of the season, it’s possible for the flu virus to extend into the spring months, which is why the CDC encourages people to get a flu vaccine even if they feel that it could be too late in the season.