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Flu And Allergy Season Are Overlapping This Year

If you feel like more people are getting the flu. You’re right.

Flu season starts in the fall, but Dr. Catherine Troisi, UT Health, says it’s just now taking full effect.

“The peak of the season however can vary; sometimes it’s before Christmas sometimes it’s later,” says Troisi. “This year it’s been a little later. We’re still even in March in a peak influenza activity time.”

The epidemiologist says she is unsure why it’s peaking so late.

But taking precautionary measures, like getting the flu shot, lowers your chances of catching the virus.

“If you got the vaccine, it protected 50% of the people who got the vaccine from getting the flu, but even the people who were vaccinated and did get the flu had a milder case,” says Troisi.

On top of the flu being in full swing, so is allergy season.

Dr. David Corry, professor at Baylor College of Medicine.

“The severity might be a little bit worse because we had such a mild winter,” says Corry.

He also says the allergens most prevalent right now are from oak trees, grass, and mold.

 

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