This flu season is turning out to be so intense that the number of people seeking care at doctors' offices and emergency rooms has risen to levels not reported since the peak of the 2009 swine flu pandemic. That from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The MMC Now Clinic on Lascassas Pike Sunday was slammed with folks sick with the flu and other illnesses like strep throat. Even several mid-state school districts cancelled classes last week because of the number of sick children and staff.
Dr. Cindy Smith with Reeves-Sain Drug Store tells NewsRadio WGNS there are ways you can help stop the spread of flu this winter:
This year's flu season has been dominated by the H3N2 strain, which is linked to more severe illnesses especially among adults over the age of 65 and children younger than 5. Smith adds the vaccine is less effective this year but it still provides protection and lessens the impact of flu on those who have the vaccine and get the virus.