The flu is always more dangerous to those 65 and older, but it is worse this year because the prevalent flu strain is especially dangerous to older people, a USA Today report says.
That prevalent flu strain, H3N2, has not circulated much since 2005, so people have little immunity to it unless they were vaccinated this year.
But it's not too late to get a flu shot, the report says, and several more weeks of the flu season are still ahead.
If people, especially the elderly, start to feel ill, they should contact their doctor quickly, Michael Jhung, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in the report. Antiviral drugs, taken within 48 hours of the onset of the flu, are helpful in preventing complications and keeping people out of the hospital, he added.
Duluth residents can obtain flu shots at their doctor's offices, health clinics, Kroger, Publix, and local drug stores such as Walgreen's, Rite Aid and CVS.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following information: