Even though the flu season might have already peaked, a stronger influenza strain might come to take its place according to health officials. This new strain of the virus is so dangerous it can cause deaths and hospitalizations even more than the last year’s strain.
CDC, or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said a few days ago, on Friday, that, from being prominent in 48 states widespread, prevalence of the flu is decreasing compared to last week when it was affecting 49 states. However, more illnesses arose and have been tied to the Type A H3N2 strain, over the previous two weeks. This stronger strain of the influenza virus is way riskier to the elderly and children.
Last week, professionals tested some flu virus samples, and about 60 percent of them were of that troublesome strain. Earlier this year, World Health Organization officials decided to postpone the decision about which strains should go into the flu vaccine of this year due to the prominence of H3N2. A different strain will be more affected in the 2019 vaccine, the H1N1.
Flu Season Peaked, But A New Influenza Strain Takes The Lead
Last season, the flu seasons, along with its complications, made 80,000 victims in the US alone, achieving the disease’s highest death toll in at least four decades. According to CDC officials, this winter, about 20,000 to 30,000 of deaths were caused by influenza. With the new influenza strain on its way, the death toll might increase.
According to CDC officials, the flu season has peaked, or at least there is a 90 percent chance of that. However, high flu activity is expected for the next few weeks.
When it comes to prevention, the only solution the CDC professionals can provide us with is the vaccine. In case you have not been vaccinated, you should do so because this way the flu, its complications, and its consequences are prevented, and you will not need to worry about being hospitalized or even killed by influenza, a disease that’s usually ignored by many people.