The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that this year's flu season could be a bad one. Drawing on data showing that this year’s most commonly reported flu strains are those responsible for the most deadly flu seasons of the decade. As a result of that data, the CDC urges everyone to get a flu vaccine this year.
The CDC is also recommending that those at high risk of complications from the flu get prompt treatment with Tamiflu or Relenza if they catch the flu. Those at high risk from influenza include children younger than 5 years (especially those younger than 2 years); adults 65 years and older; pregnant women; and people with certain chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease, and kidney disease.