The flu season is starting to decrease in some parts of the country, but overall, remains elevated as we enter the middle of February, typically the month with the heaviest outbreak of influenza.
The Centers for Disease Control says flu activity is likely to continue for several more weeks. Dr. Mark Cline of Cline Family Medicine in Center says the numbers of reported flu cases his facility has seen is starting to decline. He noted the influenza virus came much earlier this season than usual, and while the worst of the activity has decreased, influenza is still a very real threat at least through the month of March. Dr. Cline added it’s is highly advisable to get vaccinate against influenza.
The CDC suggested anyone aged 6 months and older who has not gotten a flu vaccine yet this season should get one now. All flu vaccines are designed to protect against 2009 H1N1 viruses which are the most common flu viruses so far this season.
It's also important that people at high risk for serious flu complications who develop flu-like symptoms or anyone with severe illness consult a health care provider to see whether influenza antiviral drugs might be needed. Dr. Cline reminds you the vaccine cannot cause influenza or make your sick.