This Flu Season Is On Track To Be One of The Worst We’ve Seen In Years

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Do you remember the flu season of 2017-2018?

Ugh. I do. It wasn’t fun. I went to the doctor’s office, and the nurse stuck those two-foot* cotton swabs up my nose to test me for the flu. It came back positive. *Sad face*

Well I’ve got some good news — do you sense the sarcasm? The 2019-2020 flu season is shaping up to be just as bad, if not worse, the the 2017-2018 season. Yippee!

The CDC says there have been 6.4 MILLION cases of the flu so far this season. 55,000 People have been hospitalized since October, and there have been 2,900 flu-related fatalities. That’s too many.

I know, I know — there are a slew of people that detest the flu shot. They think it GIVES them the flu. BUT, it doesn’t really.

The flu is ESPECIALLY bad for kids. There have been 27 pediatric deaths so far this season, which is the MOST the CDC has seen since they started keeping track 17 years ago.

Courtesy of the CDC

Of course, those with weakened immune systems, kids, and the elderly are urged to get the flu shot FOR SURE. It is only to help them fight off the virus that causes the flu.

It’s not too late. I know, I try to get my flu shot by October every year, but the CDC says that you should go get yours — or your kids’ — flu shot NOW. It will help stave off the flu germs for the rest of the season.

If you happen to get the flu, there are several things you can do. Antiviral medications help to shorten the severity of your symptoms.

I can speak from experience the lots of rest helps. Also, the Medicine Ball off the Starbucks Secret Menu helps to soothe your throat and ease sinus pain.

But mostly, PLEASE go get your flu shot.

*Okay, they’re more like five inches — but they FEEL two feet long, as the nurse crams them up toward your brain to test for the flu.

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