By Dr. Jonathan Steinman
(NEW YORK) Its the start of fall, which means flu season is here.
Last year, flu hospitalizations were the highest theyve ever been; 106 out of every 100,000 people were hospitalized for the flu in the 2017-18 season, with people over age 65 accounting for 58 percent of those hospitalizations and 180 pediatric deaths.
Flu and the common cold can both make you feel crummy, but they are caused by different viruses. Colds are usually milder and do not result in serious health problems associated with the flu, like pneumonia or hospitalizations.
Right now, being prepared is the best thing you can do before the season hits. Heres what you need to know.
When does flu season start?
Flu season may start as early as October in North America, but generally, it begins sometime in the fall and ends in March. The flu virus, however, can be detected at any point throughout the year, which is important to know if you ever have symptoms, even in the summer. Experts cant really predict the severity of each flu season, as different strains of the virus can have different impacts on timing and length of the season.
Should I get the flu shot? When?
Yes. With ...