The holidays are over, and winter hasn’t really felt like one – but flu season is in full-swing.
According to Dr. Elizabeth Osborn, of Lifecare Medical Associates and Finger Lakes Health – the season is progressing as expected. “This season hasn’t been as bad as the last, but the illness is considered ‘widespread’ in New York,” she explained.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that the flu has impacted approximately 7 million Americans thus far. They note that across the U.S. between 69,000 and 84,000 people have been hospitalized for flu-related illness.
The influenza A strain H1N1 remains the most common type of flu.
Osborn said the flu causes symptoms such as fever, coughing, body aches and fatigue, and, in some cases, can lead to serious complications and even death. She noted the confusion that some have when it comes to the illness – frequently confusing it with the common cold, respiratory ailments, and even ailments specifically related to nausea and vomiting.