This flu season is like none other in recent years. The CDC developed a vaccine to help combat the flu early in the season, but this year’s strain mutated, making the vaccine not work for most people. The virus is causing pneumonia in numerous people that it impacts. There has been an increase in the number of deaths over the past month. Now, one in 10 people are dying because of the flu. Some officials believe that the number of deaths and illnesses that have been seen this year is more than what is typically seen when there is a brand new virus that spreads.
Those who work in public health fields aren’t sure how to handle this season. They are trying to grasp why so many people are sick and what to do to stop the spread of the virus. The last season that gave similar numbers was in 2003. The number of people who have been sick or who have died is topping the numbers from 2009 when swine flu ran rampant in the country. However, if this season continues, then those numbers will likely be left behind.
There isn’t really a way to determine how much longer the flu season will last. There isn’t a way to tell how severe the season will continue to be if something isn’t done to try to control the virus. The complete strain of the virus isn’t something that has changed, but there are noticeable differences that have caused officials to look closely at how and why this year is impacting so many more people. Since the flu season is just now reaching a peak, there will likely be even more deaths. Hospitals and doctor’s offices are overwhelmed by the numbers of patients they are seeing. The only thing that officials can suggest is trying to keep the spread of the virus to a minimum by using healthy protocols.