What Is Flu Season?
Flu season is the time of year when the flu virus is most common. Flu season usually begins when cold weather appears. Why? There’s no apparent reason. It’s simply a characteristic of the flu and the timing of the seasons.
Outbreaks of the flu occur in different seasonal patterns around the world. In temperate climate zones, flu season will typically begin in the late fall and peak in mid-to-late winter. In tropical zones, flu seasons appear to be less pronounced, with year-round isolation of the virus.
Flu Season in the United States
Annual outbreaks of seasonal flu usually occur during the fall through early spring. In a typical year, approximately 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the seasonal flu. Flu-related deaths range from 3,000 to 48,600 (average 23,600). A seasonal flu vaccine is available.
The overall health impact of the flu varies from year to year. Unfortunately, rates of infection, hospitalizations, and deaths can’t be predicted, but by identifying flu symptoms, and knowing about flu treatment and flu prevention options, you can be better prepared to face the flu season.
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