Diseases and Illnesses

Flu season tips to protect yourself, family

Flu season is in full swing, with increasing numbers of cases reported across the country. Influenza — the flu — is a serious, contagious disease that can have severe health consequences, especially for people with chronic lung conditions, such as asthma and COPD. It’s not too late to take precautions to help protect yourself and those around you from the flu.

The particular type of influenza virus that is prevalent this year, H3N2, tends to change rapidly and does so between the time the vaccines are produced earlier in the year and when they are administered during the flu season. This tends to make the flu season more troublesome. Despite that, flu vaccines are still strongly...