Could be the worst flu season

Could be the worst flu season

In honor of National Influenza Week, Schnucks is offering a $10 Schnucks gift card to all patients who get a flu shot at any of the 95 Schnucks Pharmacies between December 6 and December 12.

Each year, millions of Americans receive a flu shot in the hopes of reducing their risk of contracting seasonal influenza or at least in the hopes of lessening the symptoms if they do contract the disease. Getting a flu vaccine is more convenient than ever.

This year's flu season is off to a fast start and early indications suggest that it may be more severe than the previous season, NBC News reported.

The flu shot you received this year may not protect you from contracting the potentially deadly disease, scientists are warning. The conclusion comes from a study in Australia, which uses the same vaccine as the United States.

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"The fact that it's 10%, yes, that's quite a bit lower than usual, but it's usually only 40 to 60% effective".

The flu season is upon us and it's expected to be one of the worst.

According to the Centers for Disease Control - Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Oklahoma are reporting widespread flu activity. He said this year's vaccine should work. This is why hand-washing is especially vital this year. Parents also need to know when to keep kids home. Plus, it helps protect people and babies who can't the flu shot.

The Arkansas Department of Health said as of the end of November there have been close to 200 confirmed cases of the flu since October.