According to what is occurring in the Southern Hemisphere, scientists believe that this year's flu season may be particularly terrible.
The flu has largely disappeared over the past two years, with cases falling along with the social withdrawal, mask use, and other precautions people have had to take to stop the spread of COVID.
But this year, the flu virus, however rusty and dusty it may be, is set to roar back, making it more crucial than ever to get your flu vaccination, according to doctors.
The flu can be dangerous or even fatal, especially for infants, elderly individuals, those with impaired immune systems, pregnant women, and those who are immune-compromised, as well as those who have any of these symptoms. It may result in side effects include pneumonia and heart, brain, or muscle tissue inflammation. Additionally, existing medical issues like asthma and heart disease might be made worse by the infection.
Each flu season, which typically begins in October and may go into May, has a mortality rate of between 20,000 and 40,000 persons. (The busiest times of year tend to be December through February.) With 52,000 fatalities, the 2017–2018 season was extremely devastating.
However, in 2021–2022, that figure decreased to an expected 5,000–14,000 fatalities, which was lower than any of the prior 10 flu seasons. The year before, influenza activity was so low that the CDC, which always calculates the burden, was unable to do so.
This season, more instances are anticipated, so being vaccinated against the flu can reduce your risk. You should get one every year for at least two reasons: first, vaccinations and infections reduce your immunity over time, and second, flu viruses are continually evolving, so any protection you may have had in prior seasons may be worthless this time around.