This year’s flu season is mild, according to stats released by the CDC. Although last Friday, it was determined that the flu shot is less than 50% effective, somehow, the flu shot is getting all the credit. But let’s dive a little deeper.
This year’s main flu strain is H1N1, peppered with some cases of H3N2. The H1N1 virus is infamous as the 2009 “swine flu.” Somehow, this year’s H1N1 virus is “less severe,” and more receptive to the current flu shot. The CDC claims that more people are now vaccinated.
Another fun theory, posed by Popular Science, is that we “haven’t been hearing much about influenza this year” because of the media’s measles hysteria coverage. To be clear, the article may have a point in that way. Measles coverage has absolutely dominated the headlines. It is difficult to imagine that if measles weren’t the main media narrative that flu cases wouldn’t replace it. The media always needs something.
The CDC claims that 79,000 people died from the flu last year. This stoked the flames of flu shot coverage, causing many outlets to accuse those who take a pass on the flu shot as being responsible.