This year’s flu season is already the most widespread on record.
The CDC said it has already caused the most hospitalizations in nearly a decade, and doctors in the Tennessee Valley are experiencing this first hand.
Doctors say flu vaccines aren’t perfect. The current vaccine is only 10% effective against this year’s flu strain H3N2.
“They pick the most common strain of A and B and make the vaccine up, and that’s always a guess, and so this year’s they’re some strains of each that are not in the vaccine,” explained Dr. Charlie Ferguson with Med+Plus Florence.
This season, the predominant strain H3N2, is also the nastiest. Doctors say because of the different strains you can get the flu more than once this season.