John Lindsey: Why is winter the season of the flu?

  • John Lindsey: Why is winter the season of the flu?

John Lindsey: Why is winter the season of the flu?

"Despite being this far into the season, I'm still urging people who did not get a flu shot to go ahead and get one", Calvert said. The most dominant flu strain now infecting people-H3N2-is responsible for severe illness in young children and the elderly, causing more deaths than the other influenza A virus, H1N1 and B viruses.

As a way to battle the spread of flu, Katherine Wells, director of public health at the Lubbock Health Department, said the Health Department has offered flu clinics every day this week as a response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation to encourage the flu vaccination.

If you experience flu-like symptoms, stay home 24-48 hours after symptoms resolve, unless you are seeking medical care. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

Here's how scientists think imprinting works: when we're young, our first "exposure" to a flu virus (be it from a shot, or be it from a full-blown illness) teaches the budding immune system to fight against that first strain of flu we encounter. It killed an estimated one million people worldwide-34,000 in the USA alone between September 1968 and March 1969.

CDC physician Lin Yung-ching (林詠青) cited the case of a six-month-old boy who was confirmed to have serious flu-related complications last week, the youngest case this season.

The predominant strain of flu circulating in Georgia and around the country is influenza A (H3N2). Frightening to think that on the 100-year anniversary of the 1918 "Spanish Flu/Great Influenza" pandemic, a particularly virulent strain of the virus killed an estimated 675,000 people in the US or about the same number killed in the Civil War.

Imprinting might not always be helpful, even when it comes to fighting similar flus.

And faculty and staff, as well as students, can obtain flu shots at their doctor's office and at local pharmacies, she adds.

Red indicates the highest percentage of visits to outpatient providers for flu-like symptoms in terms of how this level is measured.

"Our primary objective during this flu season is to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and remove as many health-related barriers to learning as possible". Though they are similar, there are differences between the two.

The CDC says the flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women and can also protect infants from the virus for several months after they're born.

"We haven't seen anything like this for as long as we've been keeping careful records", he said.