A nasty flue season

Widespread flue activity has been reported in 23 states. Flue forecasters at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report there is 60 percent chance the flue season will peak by late January. The CDC’s most recent weekly data show that since October 1 there have been more than 13,400 confirmed cases of influenza in the United States.  The increased activity in many parts of the country is one sign that this will be a more severe flue season. The other is the appearance of the H3N2 strain which causes outbreaks of two influenza A and two influenza B viruses. Health officials are urging people to get protected, especially if they are going to be around young children and the elderly, the two groups most at risk.–Adapted by Ilse Genovese from the Washington Post, Dec. 23, 2017