By Paul Schmitt
As Influenza continues to victimize thousands of people every week around the country, the outbreak is impacting “baby boomers” at an alarming rate. According to the USA Today, hospitalizations in the United States are higher among people between 50-65 years of age than young children. Federal officials expect the flu epidemic this year to rival the 56,000 deaths from 2014-15. Door County Public Health Director Rhonda Kolberg says although we are about halfway through the flu season, there is still time to benefit from the flu shot.
Kolberg recommends anyone sick with the flu should stay home and quarantine themselves away from other people. She says the current flu strain was circulating in Australia last year and the virus strain is actually in the flu vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the vaccine is about 30 percent successful in targeting H3N2 influenza.