Happy New Year!
Along with the excitement and energy that a new year brings, 2015 also brings the potential challenges of flu season. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are currently reporting that 2014-15 flu season is especially serious, with 43 states reporting high or widespread flu activity. Our region, especially Cambria County, has been hit particularly hard. While the flu vaccine is typically one way to minimize the spread of virus, a new strain, H3N2, mutated and emerged after the vaccine had been developed. Therefore, it is only 33% effective in preventing the spread of flu this season.
The CDC has recommended measures that will help to avoid and control the spread of seasonal influenza:
The CDC has also advised that symptoms of seasonal influenza may include fever, chills, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is recommended that:
By working together, we can effectively and efficiently manage the challenges presented by this new flu strain.