Flu season came early this year, and it’s not only worse than expected, but it’s also the worst flu season in years. The mayor of Boston declared a public health emergency in the city due to the high number of cases – over 700 – there. And dozens of cases across the country have been fatal. In fact, the outbreak is more intense in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world right now. So, it’s serious.
There are actually several different kinds of sicknesses affecting the country – seasonal flu, norovirus, whooping cough, and strep throat among them, not even counting Bieber fever (although there is a cure for that).
What is the flu? Has it hit your neighborhood? How worried should you be? How can you avoid getting it? What should you do if you do get sick?