Now is the time to get your flu vaccination. Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious cases of a flu infection can result in hospitalization or even death. Older people, young children, people with chronic illnesses or compromised immune systems are at high-risk for developing serious flu complications. The best way to prevent flu is by getting vaccinated every year. Why do I have to get vaccinated every year? The answer . . . because the flu virus changes from year-to-year so you need to take the vaccine annually to ensure you have protection against the most current strain.
Additionally, taking the flu vaccine is the best method to protect you, your family, and others from contracting this highly contagious disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seasonal flu viruses can be detected year-round in the United States. Flu viruses however, are most common during the fall and winter with an increase in cases beginning in October. Usually, flu activity peaks between December and March, but flu activity can last as late as May. The CDC recommends that everyone six months of age and older get vaccinated.
More Flu Facts:
What’s new this flu season?
A few things are new this season:
- Only injectable flu shots are recommended for use this season.
- Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.
- There will be some new vaccines on the market this season.
- The recommendations for vaccination of people with egg allergies have changed.
- What flu vaccines are recommended this season?
- This season, only injectable flu vaccines (flu shots) should be used. Some flu shots protect against three flu viruses and some protect against four flu viruses.
Remember: The flu ends with you. Get vaccinated!