A serious sickness

The flu is stronger than ever this year, and outbreaks started months before the normal flu season, around February. This year started to break out in late November  Several doctors are concerned on this enormous outbreak, including Julie Gerberding, Director for the Center of Disease Control (CDC).

“This is very serious,” Gerberding said. “In the past this has happened. It’s a very common thing, whatever the drift is, the vaccine will still provide some cross-protection, so we’re optimistic that will be the case this year, but of course we’ll be watching it very carefully.”

The majority of doctors recommend the public to take their flu shots, including Dr.  Robert Czwalina, interviewed by CNN.

“I think it’s a good idea to be proactive, get the immunization, and then if you get the flu you’re going to have to deal with it,” Czwalina said. “It’s not fair to not get the shots for yourself and your children just to get everyone else sick.”

According to Dr. Lambrecht in an interview by CNN, the process of a flu shot is easy, and everyone should consider getting the vaccine.

“It’s protection you don’t even have to think about,” Lambrecht said. “You get your vaccination, and you go about your life. You’re protecting yourself and others.”

Flu outbreaks in different areas in America, as of late December | Photo courtesy of Business Insider

Written by Allsion Burgess

Allison Burgess is a senior and sports editor for the MC SUN. She likes to run track and field, hang out with friends, play with her dogs and go hiking.

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