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Could be the worst flu season

Could be the worst flu season”

This year Rite Aid is offering three types of flu vaccines: a quadrivalent flu vaccine, which offers protection against four strains of the flu, the standard trivalent vaccine, and FLUAD, a trivalent vaccine with adjuvant, an ingredient that helps create a stronger immune response to vaccination, which is approved for people 65 and older.

According to the CDC, flu activity most commonly peaks in the USA between December and February.

Health officials are warning that the flu season could be bad and that it's coming early.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention releases a weekly flu report where it tracks flu activity across the country. It's hard to make predictions about how a flu season will play out, as flu viruses are wildly unpredictable.

Coconino County seeing a slightly higher number of cases of influenza this year than over the past five years.

There are a several different strains of flu viruses, and the main culprit in Australia was a strain called H3N2. That compared to 21 for the same time period a year ago.

Despite recent news that the flu shot may not be as effective as in the past, health officials are still recommending that people get the shot. Or the vaccine itself may mutate while it is being grown - currently, vaccines are grown in eggs, but many experts don't think that's ideal as the vaccine virus tends to undergo mutations to adapt to growing in an egg.

There are some things you can do other than getting a flu shot to lower your risk and others around you from catching it. Keep your hands washed, stay home from work or school if you're sick, and cough/sneeze in your arm instead of your hands.

"Even if it may not fully protect you, there's no question it reduces the chance of very severe illness and hospitalization", Englender said.

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