One of the most common, and potentially dangerous, misconceptions about the
This year, flu season has hit Connecticut hard. According to the state Department of Public Health, the number of hospital emergency department visits because of the flu is greater than those of the past two seasons. The percentage of people hospitalized with flu symptoms is also way up.
At just a bit past the middle of January, confirmed cases of influenza in Connecticut have already surpassed last season's entire total of 1,083.
Another misconception is that after Christmas, it's too late to get a
There's also no general shortage of vaccine. Because increased publicity about this season's outbreak led many state residents to get a shot, supplies in some pharmacies in some areas temporarily ran out. Hospitals and medical practices still have vaccine, officials say.
According to the medical journal The Lancet, the vaccine is only about 59 percent effective in stopping the disease. Still, experts say, getting a shot is the best way to remain healthy. Other common-sense steps are to stay away from those who display flu symptoms such as