FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a report of what people should know for the 2015-16 influenza season:
Did you get your flu shot yet?
No, but I will soon
No, but I will do it before it snows
No, I don't get sick
I haven't decided yet
- It’s not possible to predict what this flu season will be like. Flu seasons are unpredictable in a number of ways. While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one year to another, according to a report on cdc.gov .
- Flu viruses are constantly changing so it's not unusual for new flu viruses to appear each year, cdc.gov said.
- The United States experiences epidemics of seasonal flu each year, which is called the "flu season." Although, flu season occurs in the winter, outbreaks can happen as early as October and can last as late as May. The CDC says the flu season begins when certain key flu indicators (for example, levels of influenza-like illness, hospitalization and deaths) rise and remain elevated for a number of consecutive weeks. Usually ILI increases first, followed by an increase in hospitalizations, which is then followed by increases in flu-associated deaths, cdc.gov said
- The timing of flu is unpredictable and can vary across the country and from season to season. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and February, cdc.gov said.
Read the full report here (www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2015-2016.htm) .
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