Influenza (Flu) is more than a cold, or even a “bad cold,” and can result in serious health complications like pneumonia, bacterial infections, and hospitalization. Flu can sometimes lead to death. In fact, during the 2017-2018 flu season, CDC estimates flu caused:
- 49 million flu illnesses .
- 960,000 flu hospitalizations .
- 79,000 deaths.
Few people get vaccinated against flu after the end of November, but flu activity most commonly peaks between December and February and flu activity can last as late as May. If you have not received a flu vaccine yet this season, it’s not too late! CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older who has not been vaccinated yet this season, get vaccinated now. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that provide protection against influenza virus infection, so get vaccinated right away. Flu activity is expected to increase in the coming weeks, including over the holidays when many people travel and visit family and friends. The sooner you get vaccinated, the more likely you are to be protected against flu when activity picks up in your community. The best step you can take to keep your family, and yourself, protected from flu is to get a flu vaccine!
Call today to schedule your flu vaccine at Lifecare Family Health & Dental Center! 330-454-2000.