Rumblings of a bad flu season and mismatched vaccine continue to gain momentum as the holiday season approaches. Much of the concern can be traced to Australia and The Southern Hemisphere, which struggled with a severe flu strain that made life miserable for residents.

Now, some clusters of the so-called H3N2 flu are surfacing, especially in the southeastern United States.

Dr. Marc Itskowitz, an Allegheny Health Network internal medicine physician says “Historically, the H3N2 virus tends to produce a more robust inflammatory response and can cause more illnesses.” So far, the flu isn’t rampant in Western Pennsylvania.

There have been 54 cases reported in Allegheny County and 27 in Westmoreland County, according to the state Department of Health.

Source: Local News