Flu season varies in severity each year, with the 2012-2013 season being among the worst in recent history. Influenza has been recorded in 47 states already and many cases are being caused by an especially strong strand, making sufferers sicker, according to The Associated Press.
The best line of defense against the flu is to get vaccinated - it's been reported this year's batch is 62 percent effective, and medical experts are urging all people over the age of 6 months to get one. Despite the warning, the number of people visiting their doctors with flu-like symptoms rose from 2.8 percent in 2011 to 5.6 percent during the last few weeks of 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
Doctor's offices are typically a hot spot for many germs and viruses to linger and this notion may be even more true during flu season. A recent study out of Wake Forest School of Medicine found flu patients can emit small virus-containing particles into the air during routine checkups - putting doctors, nurses and other patients at risk. A great way to reduce the spreading of germs may be for doctors to invest in medical grade air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900 for the office. These high-end products can clear the stale air in the space, while working to eliminate germs to prevent illness from spreading.