- Flu cases already reported in 41 states
- One of the earliest flu seasons in past decade
By: Meghan Keneally
This year’s flu season is one of the quickest and most aggressive on record, and the evolving strain is causing problems for doctors as the vaccine will not work for one in ten cases.
Doctors continually send samples of the flu cases that they treat to the Centers of Disease Control so that they can understand what strands of the flu are spreading rapidly, and they use that information to create the vaccine sent out nationally.
‘We did about as good as we could have done to put the right three strains of flu into the flu vaccines that are available on the market,’ CDC spokesman Thomas Frieden said.
The strains that we’re seeing in the community are influenza A, H3N2 predominant. And what we’ve seen in past years is that H3 predominant years tend to be the worst years.’
Of the 123 million doses of the vaccine that the CDC has made for the season, 112 million have already been administered.
Officials are not worried about running out of the medicine, however, as they came to the decision to make 123 million was less than they initially predicted. Adding to that, most people get their flu shot early in the season in the fall as opposed to January or February.