The Flu that went around in late 2012 and early 2013 was one of the worst in recent years, with the H3N2 being the predominant strain. Those aged 65 and older have been most badly affected by this potentially deadly disease, but all ages and demographics have been at risk. The 2013 flu season has been one of the worse in recent years, with the H3N2 being the predominant strain. Those aged 65 and older have been most badly affected by this potentially deadly disease, but all ages and demographics have been at risk.

Fortunately, this year’s flu shot does protect against H3N2 and this shot is available at pharmacies and medical centers across the country. Inexpensive at an average cost of $12.57 per shot, it is also often completely free to get on many health insurance plans.

Other ways to prevent the flu include maintaining a healthy diet, staying away from those with the flu and taking sick days when needed. And if you are one of the unlucky ones to get the flu, seeking immediate treatment is the fastest route to recovery, so make sure you seek medical treatment straight away if you do come down with this illness.

But just how serious has the flu been this year, and how much has it cost our economy? Find out key statistics and facts on our infographic below:

This infographic is provided by http://www.healthcarecolleges.net/

The Flu 2013 infographic

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