Posted on December 03, 2019
This week is designated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as National Influenza Vaccination Week. Everyone 6 months of age and older should receive a flu vaccine, and it’s not too late to get yours now. Remember that as long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination is effective in helping prevent or lessen their impact. Most flu vaccine protects against four different flu viruses, so even if you have already gotten sick with one flu virus, you can still benefit from the vaccine.
Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children.
For more information about the flu and the flu vaccine, contact your CCHC provider today at 252.514.4111.