The CDC is reporting that this year's flu season is one of the strongest since 2009 with 46 states reporting influenza activity.1 Influenza A (H3N2) has been the predominant virus for this season, but the vaccine effectiveness for this strain is only around 30% thus influenza antiviral medications may be of more importance this year.2
What is the Flu?
Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness that is caused by influenza viruses.3 The flu can cause mild to severe symptoms and even lead to hospitalization or death.3
Possible symptoms may include4:
1. Get the flu shot. Even if the flu shot is not completely effective against this year's strain, it will still offer some protection vs. not having any protection.
2. Stay healthy by practicing proper hand hygiene and keeping away from people who are sick.
3. Treatment with an antiviral, Tamiflu (or oseltamivir), is helpful particularly if started within the first 48 hrs. Tamiflu 75mg is dosed every 12 hours for 10 days.5 Rest and fluids are recommended, as well as an antipyretic such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever. Check eHope often, as these are donated from our manufacturer partners.
4. Check with your local health department for more up to date information about the flu in your area