It’s not too late for a flu shot

woman with fluAs Americans across the country endure one of the worst flu outbreaks in years, you may be wondering what makes this year different. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the H3N2 influenza A flu strain that’s predominate this year struck early, with high flu activity in December. The typical flu season peak is in January or February. The CDC also says the flu vaccine is “moderately” effective this year, providing people who are vaccinated with a 60 percent lower risk of getting the flu compared with their unvaccinated counterparts.

Despite the rapid spread of the virus, experts recommend that everyone age 6 months and older get the flu vaccine this year, especially if you’re at a high risk of severe disease. Those at high risk include young children, pregnant women, seniors and anyone with a chronic health condition. If you’re unsure about whether you should get the vaccine, talk with your doctor.