H3N2 Continues to be the Dominate Flu Strain This Season
Commonly referred to as the "Australian Flu," H3N2 actually originated around Hong Kong. H3N2 got its name from the 2017 Australian Flu season where it was the dominate strain. Though this is a particularly severe flu season some experts say it isn't too unexpected. "This year is more on the severe end, but this is what you should expect from seasonal flu," said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy and adjunct professor in the Department of Medicine.