This winter is shaping up to be pretty tough on all of us. The weather has been more extreme, and, unfortunately, so has the flu virus. The CDC says flu activity is widespread in all U.S. states except Hawaii, and the projections put the season continuing until May.
Hospitals in NJ are seeing huge increases in flu cases as compared to last year. Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel reported a 187% increase in flu patients this year. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick also confirmed an upsurge in flu admissions in January.
Part of the problem is that the flu strains active this year are particularly aggressive, and the vaccines are less effective than normal. Still, the CDC advises that if you haven’t gotten the vaccine yet, it’s not too late to get it now. This flu season is one of the worst in recent history, and getting the vaccine will offer you an extra level of protection.
Feeling under the weather and not sure if it’s the flu? Here’s a neat little chart from the CDC comparing the symptoms for the common cold and the flu: