Swine Flu is back
Most significant is that the current flu vaccine will not protect people from the new swine flu.
"(CBS) Twelve people have become infected with swine flu since August, the CDC said Friday. The people infected with this type of the virus, called influenza A H3N2, lived in Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Eleven of the cases occurred in children."
“The CDC says this strain is different enough from current human flu viruses so the vaccine is "not expected to provide significant protection." But the CDC still urges everyone to get vaccinated.
The CDC says people can "Take 3" actions to prevent the flu.
Everyone 6 months and older should "take time to get a flu vaccine," "take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs" - such as covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze and washing your hands - and "take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them." Pregnant women, young children, and people 65 and older are more likely to be given flu medication early when symptoms first appear.”
Via CBS News