As the weather begins to cool and the leaves start to change, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming flu season. AARP reports that in the 20223-2023 flu season, more than 650,000 Americans were hospitalized with the flu. That’s a significant number, and it serves as a reminder that the flu is a serious illness that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here are some early predictions and preparations for the upcoming flu season.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is constantly monitoring and tracking the spread of influenza viruses throughout the year. Based on their data, they make early predictions about which strains will be most prevalent in the upcoming flu season. These predictions are essential in determining what type of flu vaccine should be produced for that season.
For the 2023-2023 flu season, the CDC is expecting a milder season compared to the previous year. However, they also anticipate that the H3N2 strain, known for causing severe illness and hospitalization in older adults, will be more prevalent this season.
The best way to protect yourself from the flu is by getting vaccinated. The CDC recommends that everyone over six months of age should receive a flu vaccine each year. This not only protects you from getting sick, but it also helps prevent the spread of the virus to others.
Some other ways to prepare for flu season include practicing good hygiene, such as washing your hands frequently and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. It’s also essential to stay home if you’re feeling ill to prevent spreading the virus to others.