It appears winter 2013 will be a tough flu season. The latest figures show 38 states including Indiana are reporting either high or moderate levels of flu-like illness. So far, 18 children have died from flu-associated deaths nationwide. More than 15 -thousand cases have been reported with two thousand people hospitalized. Flu weakens the immune system.
Respiratory Epidemiologist Shawn Richards says the virus that‘s predominating is called H3N2 which is not an unusual strain. However, she adds that they‘re also seeing other respiratory ailments that mimic flu. She says people who‘ve been vaccinated seem to be doing okay.
“The CDC has indicated that it‘s a pretty good match for the vaccine component. So if you‘re vaccinated, you probably have pretty decent protection against the H3N2 strain that‘s circulating,” said Richards.
Still Richards says the flu vaccine isn‘t 100% fullproof, but adds you don‘t get the flu from the actual vaccine.