The 2017-2018 flu season was one of the worst on record. In fact, the CDC estimated in its published report that 80,000 Americans died last year from the flu or complications related to it, putting it as the deadliest season in over four decades. For perspective, a high year is around 50,000 deaths and a low is below 15,000 deaths. The last time there were numbers like this was in the 70s.
Though it’s hard to predict how the 2018-2019 flu season will be, everyone needs to be prepared. The CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, which is specially formulated for the strains of virus that will be present that specific season. However, the flu shot can be a polarizing topic. Whether you’re for or against it, there are other things you can do to stay healthy and get over any sniffles that may come.