Millions of Americans suffer from cold and flu symptoms each year. In fact, it is estimated that adults will suffer two to four colds per year, while children, whose immune systems are still learning to fight cold viruses, can suffer up to 10 colds annually.
And, while epidemics of flu happen every year, the timing, severity, and length of the epidemic depends on many factors, including what influenza viruses are spreading and whether they match the viruses in the vaccine
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this years flu season has been dominated by the influenza A (H3N2) strain. And what weve seen in past years is that H3 predominant years tend to be worst years. The last CDC report showed 48 states with widespread geographic influenza activity, up one state from the week before. Clearly this season which is the earliest regular flu season weve had in nearly a decade, since the 2003-2004 flu season caught a lot of folks off guard-and they're still suffering through symptoms.
About Jim Morelli:
Jim Morelli is a registered pharmacist, author and television personality, and a national spokesperson for a number of consumer health products. Morelli began his pharmacy career in the Boston area, after graduating from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He went on to earn a Master's degree in civil engineering from Tufts University. As a pharmacist, Morellinworked in retail and hospital settings, as well as for a pharmaceutical firm and in two major poison control centers. Morelli began his journalism career as a newspaper reporter in Atlanta, Georgia. His work has also appeared in such publications as Men's Fitness, USA Today and Men's Health. He is the author of Poison! How to Handle the Hazardous Substances In Your Home, which was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Morelli began his television journalism career at the CNN Airport Network, where he worked as a producer and writer. He was promoted to weekend anchor at Headline News and also worked in several other CNN divisions, including CNN Radio and CNN International. Morelli also worked as a local news reporter for WGCL, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta, as well as at WCVB, the ABC affiliate in Boston. Morelli splits his time between Boston and Atlanta.