I was watching ABC’s This Week yesterday morning (Jan.4th) and they were talking about how it’s going to be a rough flu season in the U.S. this year.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said, “If you look at the trajectory, it’s not going to be a good year. It’s going to be a bad year. How bad it’s going to be will depend on how it actually evolves.” High flu activity has been reported in 22 states, and it’s already officially been declared an epidemic in the U.S. This year’s flu vaccine is only 33 percent effective because of how the virus mutated after the vaccine was already manufactured, but Fauci said people should still get it, since it could prevent people who do get the flu from getting as sick as they might without it. Children, people over age 65, and those with weak immune systems are especially vulnerable to the flu.
I know that people are skeptical of getting the flu shot. I would get the flu every year and last year was the first time that I gotten the flu shot and I didn’t get the flu! Got one for this flu season, as well.