Chances are, if you haven't gotten the flu yourself, you probably know somebody who has.

In their first report of 2020, the New Jersey Department of Health is reporting high levels of the flu throughout the state to start the new year.

Graphic via New Jersey Department of Health (

Back in September, Scientific American published a story stating that the 2019-2020 flu vaccine may not offer, "optimal protection", bluntly saying that this season's flu vaccine, "may be off the mark". 

For its part, the CDC says that it's too early to say how effective the 2019-2020 flu vaccine has been, but you can see from their latest map that the flu is rampant across much of the country:

Graphic via

Getting a flu shot is still a better bet than passing it up, though.

The CDC puts it in pretty plain language, saying that, "...[a]ny flu infection can carry a risk of serious complications, hospitalization or death".

You can follow along with New Jersey's 2020 flu activity by clicking here for the New Jersey Department of Health website, and you can keep an eye on the national flu activity over at the CDC by clicking here.


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