The flu is rearing its ugly head this season. Sadly, 15 children have died from the virus — and the CDC fears that this is just the beginning.
With no end in site, the flu continues to run rampant across the country and has taken the lives of 15 children. So sad. The CDC has declared the flu an epidemic, and announced that it’s expected to get even worse in the coming weeks.
CDC Officially Declares The Flu An Epidemic
The flu has always been a tough virus to endure for children and the elderly, because of their susceptible immune systems. Now, fifteen children nationwide have reportedly died of influenza since the 2014-15 flu season began this fall.
Health officials feel that the flu epidemic has increased because the H3N2 strain mutated and therefore reduced the effectiveness of this season’s pre-prepared vaccine.
The CDC has reported that around 90 percent of flu cases so far this year have been the H3N2 subtype. So scary!
So far, the hardest-hit states are in the Southeast and Midwest sections of the country, according to the CDC.
In Tennessee, at least six children have died from the flu this year and as of Dec. 29, the state is under the widespread outbreak category according to the CDC. And just one hospital in the state has seen 442 flu-stricken children.
Hopefully, the death toll doesn’t rise as the flu season continues to roll on.
There Is Still Time To Get The Flu Shot
If you are worried about catching and/or possible spreading the flu, there is still plenty of time to get a flu shot.
Even though the vaccine does not prevent the mutant H3N2 flu strain, health agency officials strongly feel that it will still give some protection against the illness.
For those who do find themselves with the flu, get to your local drug store and grab three over the counter prescription medications, Tamiflu, Relenza or Rapivab.
HollywoodLifers — Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Will you? Let us know in the comments below.
— Brittany King