It's hard to say what's more virulent, the 2013 flu outbreak or the spread of hysterical headlines about it. But this year it seems like the flu hype is warranted—the CDC just announced that deaths from the flu have reached epidemic levels (though, for some good news, it appears that deaths have peaked).
So, should you get a flu shot (if you haven't already)? The CDC and medical authorities say yes, and as my HGS colleague Barbara Kantrowitz reported the other day this year's seasonal flu shot is said to be a good match with the flu strain going around, meaning that it should be more effective than past seasonal flu shots.
But if you want an alternative take on whether to get a flu shot, check out this recent article in Scientific American, which reveals the failings of flu shots, especially for the elderly and very young.
Whether you get the shot or not you should do everything you can to avoid being a victim of the flu outbreak. To find out whether it's hitting your area hard, check out this Google map which attempts to reveal which states and cities have the most cases of flu.
And check out these sources of intriguing if (in some cases) unconventional flu prevention tricks:
Some natural flu prevention and treatment strategies from Dr. Brian Clement, the co-director of the Hippocrates Health Institute, a West Palm Beach, Florida healthy-living spa retreat center:
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