Many of the hospitalizations have been either the very young or the very old, populations whose immune systems tend to be weak or less developed.
Also a factor in this year’s high number of hospitalizations is the vaccine’s ineffectiveness. Unfortunately, this year’s flu vaccine isn’t a good match for the strain of flu circulating. That said, officials are still recommending a flu shot for everyone 6 months and older. Some protection is better than none.
Other ways to stay healthy:
- Wash your hands often.
- Sanitize surfaces such as countertops and doorknobs often.
- Stay home from work or school when you’re sick.
- Eat healthy, exercise and get enough sleep.