Flu Vaccine Effectiveness

The flu season is in full swing and there are areas of the United States that are experiencing higher concentrations of influenza-like symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 42 states were reporting high levels of flu activity. And as of the end of December 2018 the rates continue to climb. However, according to the CDC, the dominant strain of flu this year is H1N1 (Swine Flu) and about 90% of flu cases tested turned out to be the milder version of the H1N1 virus. Unfortunately, about 10% of people are getting the H3N2 flu, a much harsher virus.

The CDC tested the current circulating flu viruses and compared them to the targeted strains and found that the virus strains actually match the vaccine strains well, meaning that if you got vaccinated, you are likely to be well protected (but of course not 100% effective).

(Forbes) (CDC)

Action Steps:

Get vaccinated for the flu, it is not too late!

If you become symptomatic, avoid high-traffic areas (work/school) to reduce the risk of infecting others.

Wash your hands and clean high-traffic areas regularly with antibacterial products.

Stephanie SullivanComment