Flu Season Is On The Way

Ready or not, the annual flu season, which generally runs from October through May, is on its way. That also means it’s time for your annul flu vaccine.

vaccine-789890_1280No doubt you recall last year’s vaccine dilemma. So, will this year’s version be more effective? Experts are optimistic.

Three kinds of viruses commonly circulate among people today, according to the Centers for Disease Control: two types of influenza A, H1N1 and H3N2, and influenza B viruses. The CDC said all of the 2015-16 vaccines will protect against those three viruses, and so far, health officials say, they appear to be on target.

Experts say the strength of the vaccine all comes down to how well manufacturers – which work months in advance to produce the vaccine – predict the strains of flu virus that will hit us. Flu vaccine predictions start early every year based on what kind of flu strains are hitting people in the Southern Hemisphere during their flu season, which is the opposite of ours. Manufacturers then try to determine if the same flu strains will make their way to us in the Northern Hemisphere.

Whether or not this year’s vaccine is a perfect match is yet to be determined, but public health official’s advice people to get their annual flu shot, especially those most vulnerable to flu, including children under the age of 5 and adults 65 and older. Once flu season is in full swing, if you feel you are coming down with symptoms, see your doctor right away. They can administer an influenza test by using influenza rapid test kit to determine if antiviral medication, like Tamiflu, can help you.

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