SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 2.6 million illnesses already this year related to the flu and many more to come.
The CDC says more than 23,000 people have been hospitalized so far with more than 1,300 flu-related deaths. But this season comes with a twist, as health officials say the influenza B strain has been more common. The B strain hits children especially hard and usually isn’t seen until early Spring.
It’s still too early to tell if this flu season will be worse than last. But health care professionals still urge everyone to take the proper precautions adding that the flu shot is still the most effective way to avoid the illness.
Another effective way to boost your immune system against the flu, a cold or any other health issues, is to eat well and fuel your body with powerful nutrients.
In this Ozarks Tonight, Amanda Allen, dietitian at Hy-Vee, shares some tips on how to get those immune system boosting nutrients through food.