The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) tells us 20% of Americans get the “flu” (influenza) every year. Over 200,000 people are hospitalized every year from the flu. Anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 deaths each year are flu related. Getting a flu shot is the first and most important step to protect you from the flu. Your protection begins within two weeks of getting the flu shot. Getting the flu shot does not cause the flu! Who should get a flu shot? Everyone 6 months or older. Those at high risk to develop serious complications from the flu, young children less then 5 years and especially less than 2.
The peak time for people getting Influenza, the “flu”, is just getting started in the United States. Typically, the months of February and March are when the highest number of Americans suffer from the “flu” and the complications of this viral disease. If you did not receive a flu shot back in the fall of 2011 it’s not too late! Getting your shot now will protect you within the next two weeks as the incidence of flu revs up. Who should get it: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months of age or older. Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease the.
Each year over 200,000 Americans are hospitalized for the serious complications from the flu and there were over 14,000 deaths resulting from the flu last year! How can you protect yourself? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common. The 2011-2012 vaccine will protect against an influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that emerged in 2009 to cause a pandemic. Everyone 6 months of age and.