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This year’s flu epidemic is worse than most and here is why. Flu is caused by the influenza virus. It comes in several forms A,B,C, and D. Type A, and B cause most of the problems, especially A subtype H3N2 and H1N1. H3N2 is the most deadly, it is the big dog in this year, but other types are still out there.

You don’t need to know the exact numbers but this year the flu started earlier, there are more ER visits, hospitalizations and deaths. The flu gets people in trouble when it leads to pneumonia, overwhelms the immune systems, or results in organ failure. Young children, people with chronic disease, the immune compromised folks, and the elderly are most at risk.

There is no real cure for flu. You need to stay home, call your doctor, nurse practitioner or PA to see if you need to be seen. I don’t want to get into a debate about the flu vaccine. This year’s vaccine is only about between 10 and 30% effective but it does not make you worse. I operate under the philosophy that something is better than nothing . So I recommend it. But you clearly have the right to your own opinion but stay informed.


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