This is Part 1 of a two part Health Connection post. See Part 2 here.
In 2009, the subject of the flu dominated the headlines in an unusual way. The late appearance of a new flu strain that was not considered in the season’s flu shot and to which there was more limited natural immunity among the public resulted in an unusually long flu season. Dr. Richard Wallace of the U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler discusses the 2010-2011 flu season in the context of last year’s unusual season.
When does flu season actually start? (first question)
Why do we have to get a new flu shot every year? (skip to 1:14)
If I get a flu shot now (in early September), will it last until the end of flu season? (skip to 2:10)
What about the H1N1 virus? Will we see that strain of influenza again this year? (skip to 3:35)
Will we still have to get two shots – one for H1N1 and one for seasonal flu? (skip to 4:53)
How is the flu virus spread and how soon will I get sick after I’m exposed? (skip to 5:02)
What are the symptoms of seasonal flu? (skip to 6:09)
How do the symptoms of seasonal flu differ from H1N1? (skip to 7:42)