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Current Flu Situation

December 4, 2014

Early Data Suggests Severe Flu Season

Based on early data, the 2014-2015 flu season could be severe. Normal mutations to one of the active flu strains mean that this season’s flu vaccine may be less effective at protecting you against the flu. People who get the vaccine, however, are still protected against two common flu strains and may experience milder symptoms if they get the mutated strain.

Getting vaccinated is still the best way to protect against the flu. If you have not gotten your flu vaccine, it’s not too late! Get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Take everyday precautions—like washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying away from sick people—to protect your health. 

If you are at high risk for flu-related complications and experience flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider as soon as possible. Your provider can prescribe antiviral medications, which work best when started within two days of the onset of flu symptoms.