The Worst Flu Season in a Decade

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The Worst Flu Season in a Decade

If you are in the market for Health Insurance, now is definitely the time. Most people think of the flu as an annoyance. Others believe it’s a great excuse to skip work and binge watch Netflix. In 2018, the flu was utterly different. In fact, it’s the worst flu season in nearly a decade. You can’t watch the news or scroll down your news feed without hearing about another tragic flu-related death.

Each year, there are usually a few different strains of the flu virus. However, this year we’ve seen more of the Influenza H3N2 than any other strain. This strain has been present in previous years but is much more widespread this year. Depending on the year, the flu season can start at different times. This year’s flu season started much earlier than usual. It began in November which is when people were gathering together and traveling for the Holidays. These gatherings jump-started the spread of the virus.

Unfortunately, many vaccination clinics had the wrong strain of vaccination this year, and many people that had their flu shot still became infected with the virus. The flu has been responsible for the death of 37 people this year.

The flu can be confused easily with a common cold because of the symptoms. The following symptoms characterize the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea and vomiting

The worst part about the flu is the inability to do anything. The majority of the time, a sick person has to wait it out and let the virus run its course. Being out of work for many people means that budgets are stretched thin, and many times people don’t have health insurance to help. Even with flu shots being in many pharmacies for a low price, many people do not get the flu shot just because of their budget.

AWS insurance offers a variety of insurance plans and has highly skilled insurance agents who can help you find the best options for you. During this flu season, we hope that you stay well. Consider AWS for all of your insurance needs!

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Melinda Martin

Account Executive

Melinda began her insurance career in 1985 with Alexander & Alexander where she received her Property & Casualty and Life & Health license. Since then she has worked at various agencies in the New Orleans area and in California as a senior account manager for Employee Benefit Plans.  While in California, she was also the Membership Director for the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Melinda joined the AWS team in July of 2015.

Michael A. Seeling

Vice President

Graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.A. in Insurance Risk Management and is a graduate of Archbishop Rummel High School in New Orleans. He joined AWS in October of 2008 and has been awarded the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Certification (PPACA). Additionally, he is working towards his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Registered Health Underwriter (RHU), and Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC) designations. He is also a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), National Association of Insurance Financial Advisors (NAIFA), and is an active member of the Fore!Kids foundation.