2013 is here and it brought a really bad flu season with it! The 2012-13 flu season got off to an unusually early start when the flu started spreading rapidly in late November and early December. It is already the worst seasonal flu we have seen in almost a decade.
Flu Symptoms for 2013
As for symptoms, seasonal flu symptoms typically don't change much year after year, but they aren't always as bad as this year's seem to be. Flu symptoms such as fever, body aches, cough and sore throat are lasting as long as 7 to 10 days for most people who have had the flu this season and they definitely aren't mild.
Does The Flu Vaccine Work This Year?
Although it doesn't work perfectly for everyone, the flu vaccine is well matched to the strains of flu circulating during the 2012-13 flu season. This means that most people who are vaccinated are able to avoid the flu or at least experience milder symptoms if they do get it. On January 11th, the CDC released initial estimates from ongoing studies that indicate the flu vaccine has about a 62% efficacy rate, which is pretty good. This means if you have been vaccinated, you are 62% less likely to get the flu than someone who hasn't.
Think you might have the flu?
If you have had the flu during the 2012 - 2013 flu season, share you experience here. Let us know what is was like for you and what flu symptoms you and your family members experienced.