By Paul Schmitt
One of the biggest outbreaks of influenza continues to run rampant across the United States and locally. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu has spread to an epidemic status due to the circulation of H3N2, an influenza strain that is very aggressive and is successfully targeted by vaccines in about 30 percent of the cases. Door County Public Health Director Rhonda Kolberg says this year’s flu can be more dangerous for the people with underlying health issues, pregnant women, and the very young and the elderly. She says washing your hands regularly can help prevent transmitting or contracting the virus. If you do catch the flu, Kolberg says quick action can help.
Common symptoms of influenza include a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, and fatigue, according to Kolberg. She still recommends getting your flu shot immediately if you have not done so yet. The vaccination protects against the three influenza viruses that research shows cause the most illnesses this season.