Looks like it could be a dangerous flu this year.
"More than a dozen adults and children are on life support at the University of Michigan Health System’s hospitals right now, because of flu. Most are young and otherwise healthy...most have the H1N1 strain of flu.
And as far as hospital staff can tell, these patients either didn’t get the flu vaccine at all -- or didn’t get it in time to protect them fully.
“We are seeing the same thing we saw in 2009 and early 2010, with ICUs full of people in their 30s, 40s and 50s who need advanced life support for flu-related illness,” she says. “Except this year, protection has been available since September.”
It appears that most of the current ICU patients have the H1N1 flu strain. This year’s regular seasonal flu vaccine protects against the most commonly circulating H1N1 strain, as well as others."
I think I remember reading somewhere that the H1N1 flu strain is a viral descendant of the 1918 flu strain that killed mostly young healthy adults as well.
So does this information make you worry more about the flu this year? Do you still disagree that this year the flu vaccine benefits outweigh their risks?
Edited by teacozy - 2/20/14 at 3:18pm