Influenza, commonly called “the flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness resulting in hospitalization or death. Those at risk for serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, senior citizens and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, heart conditions, diabetes, and those with weakened immune systems.
The best way to prevent or lessen the effects of the flu is to get vaccinated every year. In fact, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-supported study shows:
- Getting a flu shot lessened the risk of severe influenza among adults;
- Reduced the risk of hospitalization and admission to the intensive care unit (ICU); and
- Lessened the severity of illness.*
The CDC recommends getting vaccinated before the end of October.
For the upcoming 2018-2019 flu season, vaccines have been updated to better combat the most common forms of the virus. Flu viruses are around all year, but most flu activity is at its peak between December and February. However, last season high activity lasted until May!
The best defense is offense — get your flu shot today.
* Source: Science Direct