TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - It's still not to late to get a little protection from the flu with a vaccine. With the severity of this years flu season it's wise to do whatever you can to avoid the flu. That also includes washing your hands as much as you can and making sure you're getting enough sleep, exercise and good nutrition to build up your defenses against the virus.
This year the majority of the cases, up to 80 percent are the H3N2 strain. It's a bad virus according to doctors and it's an A strain. It is particularly dangerous to the very young and very old. This type hit Australia very hard this year, causing many hospitalizations and deaths this year. So that said, doctors are urging Americans to be as vigilant as possible.
Mercy Health Dr. Christopher Goliver, M.D. says "If you're feeling short of breath, light headed dizzy, feeling like you're going to pass out, then you need to get to the emergency room right away. The common theme seems to be the fever, chills cough and body aches and it hits very suddenly" says Goliver. "Some patients have reported a dry cough and sore throat along with the traditional symptoms, but those are always present with the traditional symptoms."
If you start to feel these symptoms come on, it's best to get right in to your doctor because they can prescribe anti-viral medications that can reduce the severity and duration of the virus. But they have to be taken within the first 48 hours of the onset of symptoms to work.