Flu season is here and experts at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict this flu season to be one of the worst in a decade, especially in the South.
The CDC says the most common flu strain this year is H3N2, but assures this year’s vaccination is a good match.
The South is being hit the hardest with the most flu activity in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas.
High risk groups include infants and children younger than 5, seniors 65 and older and healthcare providers.
The CDC expects flu cases to peak in February.
So far, 123 million vaccines have been distributed to healthcare facilities nationwide and 112 million have been vaccinated.
The CDC recommends a flu vaccination for anyone over 6 months. The vaccine is available at health care clinics, and grocery and drug stores.
To find a vaccination site near you, visit flushot.healthmap.org.
Reporting on Health Matters, I’m Lyssa Hansen.