Associated Press (09/28/17)
U.S. health officials are preparing for a potentially busy influenza season, after the Southern Hemisphere was hit hard in the past several months by the H3N2 strain of the virus. Small clusters of H3N2 influenza—which is known for causing severe illness, particularly in older adults—are already appearing in the United States. "We don't know what's going to happen but there's a chance we could have a season similar to Australia," said Daniel Jernigan, MD, influenza chief at CDC. On Thursday, HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, was publicly vaccinated against influenza to highlight the importance of vaccination. "There's no reason not to get protected," he said. Only about 47% of the population was vaccinated against influenza last year.