Surprised by Flu Season? You Shouldn’t Be.
- California pharmacies have run out of flu medicine (Tamiflu).
- 27 people under the age of 65 have died since October, compared to three in the same time frame last year.ED at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica had more than 200 patients one day this month, mostly due to the flu. The last time they had that many patients were after the Northridge earthquake in 1994.
- H3N2, the strain of flu that is wreaking havoc, is not usually one the vaccine protects against. Flu experts say it is a particularly dangerous strain and the vaccine is only about 32% effective against it.
- Dallas Methodist Hospital was inundated with flu patients early last week and was forced to reroute non-emergency patients to other hospitals. They’ve been able to continue accepting patients, but there is always concern an influx of flu patients could cause a similar situation in other hospitals around the country.
And, more importantly, why is flu season a surprise to anyone?
So what are we going to do better moving forward?
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