I Heard the Flu Shot Didn’t Work This Year
The flu shot typically protects against 3-4 different strains of flu, and unfortunately, this year’s vaccine was a poor match for the H3N2 virus, which is the strain that really took off this year. HOWEVER, it is NOT the only strain of flu that is afflicting people! The flu vaccination may still offer some protection, especially against other strains of the flu that will likely circulate late in the season.
The best thing you can do to protect yourself from the flu this year is the get a flu vaccination. Additionally, the CDC has 6 tips that can help you avoid exposure and help prevent others from beng exposed to the flu, as well.
- Avoid close contact (with people who are sick).
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean your hands with soap and water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits (get plenty of sleep, be physicaly active, drink plenty of fluids, etc.).
If you already consider yourself to be a healthy person with healthy habits, that is great! You still need to get a flu shot, though…
If You Get the Flu
If you happen to get the flu this season, there are some important measures you can take to minimize your pain and suffering (although it is going to suck, just gotta be honest).
The most important thing is that you really need to get yourself to a doctor as soon as you start to experience flu-like symptoms. That’s because there are prescription flu antivirals that can be prescribed to you, and they are the most effective within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. Early treatment can have an impact on the severity of your case and the length of time you feel sick. People actually die from the flu every single year, so the fact that there are prescriptions that can help if used quickly is really important to know!