The Coronavirus is sickening thousands of people around the globe, with at least 15 cases in the United States. There is another virus that has infected 26 million Americans and killed at least 14 thousand people, including 92 kids in just this season: the flu.
According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious diseases, the 2019-2020 flu season, beginning on September 29, is now known to be the worst of the decade. At Least 250,000 people have visited hospitals for the flu. The CDC predicts 12,000 people will die from the flu in the U.S. every year.
The flu can easily be treated with medical care, but when secondary infections occur, it can result in an even more weakened immune system. Internist and pediatrician for Park Nicollet Health Services, Dr. Nathan Chomilo of the University of Minnesota, says that this flu season has been one of the worst his Minnesota practice has seen since the H1N1 virus outbreak in 2009.
The flu changes every year. This can impact the number of fatalities and cases of the disease. Experts, Chomilo, Dr. Margot Savoy of Temple University, and Melissa Nolan of the University of South Carolina say to avoid any flu complications people should get a flu shot. Many people avoid the flu shot because they are worried it is unsafe, and others cannot get it due to age or medical conditions they may have. The flu vaccine prevents 60% of the population from getting the flu. A January report from the CDC says this year’s flu shot has been largely effective, especially in children. The flu season ends in the early spring.