dreamstime_l_20046833The flu vaccine this year is a rather poor match for the current strain circulating in the U.S. this year, making the flu shot less effective.  The H3 strain of flu this year is different than the one in the vaccine provided for the 2014-2015 flu season.

If you have had the flu shot, then do be aware that if you develop the flu your shot will help reduce symptoms but probably it will not help ‘prevent’ the infection.  As a result, if you have severe symptoms of fever, aches, and cough, and have underlying health issues like diabetes, emphysema, or asthma, then you should call or come in to get the TAMIFLU pill.

Do not fret….most of us handle a flu infection without complications, but armed with knowledge we can make better decisions in getting treatment when we need.

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