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Brace Yourself For What Experts Predict Will Be a Bad Flu Season

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Next time you’re at the store, you might want to stock up on tissues. KENS 5 recently reported the bad news that “…the number of states reporting widespread flu activity jumped from 12 to 23. Flu activity in Texas has hit what’s considered ‘widespread’.”

The flu comes on quickly with symptoms like a drippy nose, feverish chill, sore throat, cough, headaches, tiredness, and even stomach issues like diarrhea and vomiting. Since no one in their right mind wants to deal with the drama the flu brings, many people get the flu shot in advance. Unfortunately, KHOU reports that this year, the flu shot is only about “…10% effective against the strain going around.”

Even though the flu vaccine didn’t exactly hit the nail on the head in terms of which strain is making its way around the world, doctors still recommend that people continue to get the shot as soon as possible since it can help, and flu season lasts as late as May.

“There’s still a benefit to getting vaccinated because if you do get the flu, your symptoms will be milder,” Catherine Troisi, PhD told KHOU. “Last year we saw in the United States 110 pediatric deaths from flu. That’s 110 deaths that really could have been prevented.”