MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

Flu season expected to by typical

This year’s flu season will be a typical one, according to experts who say that there will be no repeat of last year’s H1N1 pandemic.

The experts further advise that the elderly should get a flu shot, since the prevalent strain this winter tends to strike that age group the hardest. The H1N1 flu tended to infect the younger, according to Yahoo!Health.

Over the past several weeks, the flu has invaded the southern states and parts of the Northeast, particularly New York City. Additional centers for flu activity are thought to be in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Illinois and Oklahoma.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year’s vaccine is well adapted to match the strains that are circulating this season. Those strains include H1N1 and the more prevalent H3N2.

"It is the flu season, and we should expect activity to pick up in certain areas," CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said, according to Yahoo!Health. "We expect activity to pick up through January and February. It's not too late to get your flu shot. The manufacturers have produced over 160 million doses of vaccine, so there's plenty of vaccine out there.

"We do have the H3N2 circulating, and that tends to affect the elderly more. The bottom line is that flu can affect anybody. For the first time, we are recommending that everybody over the age of six months get vaccinated.”