The current flu season has been especially tough – and has made headlines, as several fatalities have resulted from it (more than 80-deaths of children have already been blamed on influenza this season beginning in October 2017, according to the CDC).
Meanwhile, the number of hospitalizations from the flu has also risen, causing more concern than usual about why it’s happening. Let’s take a closer look at 12 flu facts for the 2017/2018 season, and hopefully clear up any rumors that are floating in the air like the virus itself…
Dominant Strain is Dominating Headlines
This year, the flu strain H3N2 has been in the spotlight quite often. According to VeryWell Health, is a subtype of influenza A, one of the two major types that cause classic symptoms in humans (type C is markedly less severe).
This is not the first time H3N2 has reared its ugly head, as there were three flu seasons from 2003 to 2013 that were dominated by this strain and caused higher mortality rates, notes the source.