So you’ve already battled through the flu this season and you figure that means you can’t get it again. Well, according to a new report on LiveScience.com – just because you’ve had the flu once this year doesn’t mean you’re in the clear.
Experts say it is possible to catch the flu twice in one season. That’s because there are multiple strains of flu viruses circulating at any one time, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. So getting sick with one strain of flu won’t necessarily protect you from a different strain.
Fox News added that, for some of us, what we thought was the flu when we were sick….might not have been the nasty bug at all. “Surprisingly, you may think you’re coming down with the flu for the second time this season but be mistaken. That’s because some illnesses mimic some flu symptoms. It’s hard for the average person to tell the difference. As a result, millions of Americans who think they had the flu this season really didn’t have it at all.”
Fortunately, as Bustle.com pointed out, “the good news is that catching the flu more than once is not that common.”
Arizona is still suffering through a difficult flu season. According to the latest statistics from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), influenza activity in our state remains elevated.
This past week there were 1,066 laboratory confirmed cases, over 650 more cases compared to the same week last season. There have been a total of over 18,700 more cases to date this season compared to last season.
Arizona is not alone. The entire country remains on high flu alert. From CNN.com:
The current flu season is “still on the rise,” the acting director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.
“We may be on track to break some recent records,” Dr. Anne Schuchat added while releasing the latest data.
Flu-related hospitalizations rose to about 60 people out of every 100,000 in the fifth week of 2018, the CDC said Friday in its weekly surveillance report.
That’s higher than last week, when the rate was 51 per every 100,000, and higher than during the fifth week of the 2014-15 season, which recorded about 44 people hospitalized per 100,000. The CDC considers the 2014-15 season “moderately severe” with high levels of illness, hospitalizations and deaths compared with previous seasons and has used it as a comparison to the current season.