October 7, 2019

 

SyringeDeath and taxes are the two things we've been told are certain, but so too is flu season, according to Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy and infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Schaffner explains in Everyday Health, among other news outlets, that the 2019-20 flu season could be more severe than others, knowing the predominant strains from the 2018-19 season were H1N1 and H3N2, the latter of which has typically been associated with more severe symptoms.

This year's vaccine has been formulated to target those two strains, according to the report.

“The flu vaccine shifts the equation in our favor,” Schaffner tells Everyday Health. “Anything we can do to help avoid or modulate the impact of influenza and prevent secondary complications is important.”

Questions about what can you do to reduce your risk, the vaccine's effectiveness and other big questions can be found by reading the Everyday Health article.

Read the full report here: https://www.everydayhealth.com/flu/flu-report-what-to-know-about-the-flu-season/