It’s likely that you or someone you know is suffering or recovering from the flu. We are not exaggerating- we are in the midst of a flu epidemic in the United States. According to recent data, every state in the continental U.S. has been hit with the 2018 flu.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a flu outbreak of this scope hasn’t occurred in over 13 years. The CDC reports that this flu season started early and is likely hitting its peak.
“I think the simplest way to describe it is that flu is everywhere in the U.S. right now. There’s lots of flu in lots of places,” said Dr. Dan Jernigan, director of the CDC’s Influenza Division during a recent update on the U.S. flu epidemic.
What Does the 2018 Flu Epidemic Mean For You?
No one wants to get the flu. Due to the nature of the flu, it can be challenging to 100% protect yourself from the virus. However, you can take some important measures to protect yourself and your family from catching the flu.
- Strengthen your immune system. Take your AHCC to give your immune system an extra layer of defense and fortification against the flu. A strong and healthy immune system is better able to protect you from the ravages of the flu and even the common cold.
- Get vaccinated. Yes, the flu vaccine is controversial. But the one thing we do know is that the flu vaccine is not going to hurt you. If you and your family members haven’t been vaccinated – go get it done.
- Wash your hands. Always wash your hands. Avoid shaking hands and touching your face. Be aware of grabbing door handles when leaving public washrooms.
- Keep your distance. If your colleague comes into work looking run-down, coughing, sneezing, and complaining of not feeling well - keep your distance. Suggest (politely) that your sick colleague go home and take a sick day. Be proactive in protecting yourself from the flu.
Remember that the flu virus thrives on the ease-of-transmission. Be aware of who you’re around and think about your health first. If you have a compromised immune system or suffer from an auto-immune disease, make sure you’re taking extra steps to protect yourself.
The Facts on the 2018 Flu Virus
The CDC reports that the current flu virus wreaking havoc across the U.S. is the H3N2 flu. Although, it’s important to understand that there are other current active flu viruses. What is known is that H3N2 is responsible for deaths, severe illness, and hospitalizations.
The H3N2 flu hurts children and adults over the age of 65 particularly severely, making it important that parents and the elderly do everything they can to minimize flu exposure.
While the flu vaccine is no guarantee against the flu, it is an important step in protecting yourself and those around you from serious illness. “This vaccine provides probably your best chance of protecting yourself against the flu, even though it’s imperfect,” said Dr. Paul Offit, professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “There’s no downside to the vaccine. It’s a safe vaccine.” (CNBC article)
Do not ignore these flu symptoms (particularly in children, elderly adults over 65, pregnant women, and anyone with an underlying disease such as asthma, chronic lung or heart disease, or diabetes):
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
If you or anyone you know is experiencing these symptoms, the CDC recommends you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Yes, these symptoms appear to be very similar to those of the common cold, but there is no point in leaving things to chance. Be proactive and trust your best judgement – get medical attention and know that you’re taking the right steps to protect yourself from the flu.
Strengthen Your Immune System Naturally
Take your AHCC. Eat a balanced diet. Get lots of sleep. Wash your hands. Get daily exercise. Try to minimize stress. In other words – protect and strengthen your immune system naturally.
We don’t want you to panic in the face of this 2018 flu epidemic – we want you to be aware of the risk and know that you can take measures to keep yourself healthy.