The CDC is reporting an increase in hospitalizations for severe H1N1 influenza among adults, as well as an overall increase in H1N1 activity, especially in the southeastern states.
“This is something to watch,” says Dr. Whelan. “We’re not trying to be preachers of gloom and doom, but there could be a third wave, and no one is getting the vaccine anymore since they think the whole thing is over.”
“Wave or not, the point is that there is still H1N1 flu circulating, you could still come down with it, and it could be severe,” says Dr. Ross. “The current H1N1 vaccine is still widely available and will offer substantial protection against the flu. You’re taking an unnecessary gamble if you don’t get it.”