Over 10 million Americans have already gotten the flu this season, and experts expect the various strains of the virus to circulate well into April, UPI reports.
Officials say that because of that, you still have time to protect yourself. “It’s absolutely not too late to get the flu shot,” Sam Torbati of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. “Over the past week, here in Los Angeles, we’ve seen a huge bump in flu cases, in young and old patients alike. And we know that nationally, the flu is placing a huge strain on the healthcare system.”
The CDC echoed those sentiments, and also said that there have been four strains of the virus making all the news this year, two of which will likely be prevented by getting this year’s shot. Professor Richard T. Ellison of U Mass said that while things are very bad right now, they don’t expect this year’s flu season to be as bad as last years, which had a second “wave” near the end.
Regardless, all the experts agree that not getting a flu shot is “just not smart.” “Really, when you think about it, why would you want to risk missing a week of life because you’re sick?” Torbati said.