JAN 18, 2018 5:35 AM PST

2017 Flu Review


It's flu season. Every year, influenza strains wreak havoc on public health. The flu can be deadly for those with immune system disorders, the elderly and very young children. Vaccines are engineered to try and cover as many strains as possible, but no immunization can protect against every virus since the germs get tougher and more resistant every year. 2017 was no exception. According to the CDC, the flu was close to epidemic levels at the end of the year. One strain, in particular, the influenza A subtype H3N2, was especially hard to contain.

While immunologists try to estimate when the flu will begin, peak and end, this year's flu season got a head start, beginning a month earlier than usual. This caught many unaware and unvaccinated. Coupled with the fact that the vaccine this year was not as comprehensive as other years and many are hacking and sneezing the winter away. Colder weather has impacted flu cases as well as record numbers of holiday travelers. Flu season has a ways to go before it's over so bundle up and stay as healthy as possible with hand washing, hydration and home remedies like chicken soup. It's not a medical certainty, but it tastes good.
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
JAN 08, 2021
Neuroscience
Brain Scans Show Why Comedy-News Shows are More Memorable
JAN 08, 2021
Brain Scans Show Why Comedy-News Shows are More Memorable
Comedy-news shows such as those by Trevor Noah, John Oliver, and Samantha Bee on the rise and are especially popular amo ...
JAN 13, 2021
Plants & Animals
Dwarf Giraffes Observed for the First Time Ever
JAN 13, 2021
Dwarf Giraffes Observed for the First Time Ever
The name “dwarf giraffe” certainly seems like an oxymoron, which is why scientists were shocked to observe t ...
FEB 06, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Why Does Saturn Tilt?
FEB 06, 2021
Why Does Saturn Tilt?
Two scientists from France have figured out why Saturn sits at a tilt. And they say that over the next few billion years ...
FEB 10, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Do Salt and Melting Ice Cause Landslides on Mars?
FEB 10, 2021
Do Salt and Melting Ice Cause Landslides on Mars?
Recurrent slope lineae (RSL) are dark flows that extend downhill on Mars to form sandy patterns on its surface. Research ...
APR 07, 2021
Plants & Animals
Scientists Discover a Crab-Dissolving Parasite
APR 07, 2021
Scientists Discover a Crab-Dissolving Parasite
Parasites abound throughout the natural world. While not all of them cause the host's death, this newly discovered p ...
JUN 21, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Scientists Detect Signatures of Life on Earth Remotely
JUN 21, 2021
Scientists Detect Signatures of Life on Earth Remotely
An international team led by researchers from the University of Bern in Switzerland and the National Centre of Competenc ...
Loading Comments...