So your kid has a fever and it’s not for more cowbell. It’s for flu season, and it’s got you wishing that New Year’s whiskey shot was an influenza shot instead (even if that would’ve made for a “weird party.”) If you’re convinced this fresh flu-y hell feels extra awful this year, congratulations, because the CDC agrees with you. Sadly, being right won’t make you feel any better.
Part of the reason this flu season is particularly brutal is because of the strain, Influenza A (H3N2), is the most prevalent and seems to be making people sicker than usual. “If H3N2 viruses continue to circulate widely, older adults and young children may be more severely impacted,” the CDC said. According to the government’s more recent Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report, it’s the worst for Oregon, Oklahoma, Georgia, and New Jersey, but parents everywhere are aching from it. For Laura Thai-Jenkins, an elementary school teacher and parent in Maryland, her 3 sons tossed the flu around like a football for 2 weeks, she told The Washington Post.
While the CDC reports that the flu virus is getting worse overall, Aron Hall, an epidemiologist who tracks the norovirus (which you call ‘stomach flu,’ but is actually norovirus, not influenza) specifically claims that incidences are still on par with past year. But if you’re worried about H3N2, it’s not too late to get a flu shot, which reduces your odds of getting sick by 50 to 60 percent. Because if you do get it, the odds you want to crawl in a hole and die will be 100 percent.
[H/T] NBC News