Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I'm glad I got my flu shot this year

After watching and reading the following video and article I included in Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (2012 hottest year in U.S.) at Daily Kos, I think it's a good thing my wife and I were vaccinated last fall.

CNN: 47 States hit by flu "Epidemic"

CNN's Athena Jones reports from a flu clinic in Virginia, where the flu virus has become widespread.
The Los Angeles Times has more.

California avoids worst of flu, but probably not for long
A U.S. flu epidemic has not hit hard in California, but officials say it's coming and urge people to get flu shots.
By Eryn Brown and Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
January 11, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
California public health officials are bracing for an increase in new flu patients in the coming weeks as the influenza outbreak that has engulfed 47 other states gears up here.
So far this flu season, 28,747 confirmed cases have been reported to the CDC. The true number is certainly far higher, but many people who get the flu don't go to their doctors, and others who do are not tested to confirm infection.

The CDC also tracks flu-related deaths in children; there have been 20 since the flu season began.
io9 has an even blunter assessment in Holy crap, this year’s flu season is shaping up to be downright terrifying.  Regardless of how severe this season is, all three sources agree that it's still worth getting vaccinated.

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