According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the current flu season is now more intense than any since the 2009 swine flu pandemic. There were more than 160 confirmed cases of flu in Virginia reported last month and the Commonwealth may be on track to top the 200 cases in a single week reported last February.
Dr. Gonzalo Bearman chairs the department of infectious diseases at the VCU Medical Center. “This is a strain that is not necessary more virulent or aggressive. It’s just different and we don’t have a collective immunity to it and the current vaccine is not great at preventing infection.”
He said usually by spring the number of cases declines, so we’re not out of the woods yet this year and it’s important to take steps to avoid getting sick. “I guess my take home message, once again, is certainly try to get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, stop smoking if you’re a smoker, get vaccinated and certainly stay away from people whom you think are ill, stay out of work or crowded environments.”