Cold vs flu symptoms: Are you at risk?

Here's why flu season is so bad this year — and how you can protect yourself from catching it

Here's why flu season is so bad this year — and how you can protect yourself from catching it

Despite a number of deaths being connected to the flu this season, flu-related hospitalizations and deaths are not unusually high. Some people are at a higher risk of getting the flu because of where they live or work, while others have a higher risk of developing complications as a result of getting the flu.

Influenza - including the virulent H3N2 strain - remains widespread across every state except Hawaii, according to a weekly update released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although flu patients haven't filled hospitals to capacity yet, hospitals are reporting a strain on resources, Haupt said. CDC said the flu activity is likely to continue for several more weeks. Unfortunately, with the government shut down over the weekend, the agencies that monitor these numbers might not be considered "essential", so our response to this severe flu season might not be as effective as it could be. So far this flu season, the deaths of 30 children have been linked to flu.

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Should people still get vaccinated? This year's flu season began earlier than usual, in November, which is one reason that the number of sick people and deaths is already so high. "The last week in December and throughout the month of January, we've been at peak or near-peak census constantly", said Carl Maronich, Riverside's director of marketing and public relations.

- It doesn't matter if you run marathons or play sports, when it comes to the flu, no one is completely immune. Even though this year's vaccine isn't a flawless match for the viruses in circulation, it's still the best way to protect against infection.

This year's flu season has been driven by a nasty type of flu called H3N2.

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The effectiveness of this year's vaccines are lower than last year, since the strain of influenza A responsible for most of the illness this year, H3N2, is more hard to target and leads to more drastic symptoms and a higher death rate. We also have less exposure to this strain, so our bodies aren't used to fighting it, which makes the symptoms worse. "I anticipate no real problem re: tracking flu for the foreseeable future", he told BuzzFeed News by email. This can increase your risk of dehydration, so if you can't even keep fluids down, you might need medical treatment. Adults without Medicare will be charge $15 for the flu shot.

"People with flu generate infectious aerosols (tiny droplets that stay suspended in the air for a long time) even when they are not coughing, and especially during the first days of illness", he said. Look, it can't hurt. One of the biggest things that discourage people from getting vaccinated is the misconception that flu shots cause people to get sick.

"By today, they were continually to get worse, so I know when you have the headaches that don't go away, there's something else going on", says Amanda Baker. Everyone must practice good and frequent hand washing.

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Researchers said it may not be enough for the public to just wash hands or cover up their mouths when coughing or sneezing.

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