Established by the CDC in 2005, the week of December 3rd is National Influenza Vaccination Week. During this week, we highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.
The Flu is a contagious virus!
The flu is the real deal, folks! The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and can affect people of all ages, even those in good health. The CDC estimates that:
- Since 2010, the flu has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses each year in the United States.
- The flu results in between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations each year.
- Influenza-associated deaths ranged from 12,000 to 56,000 between 2011 – 2013.
Protect yourself and get a vaccine!
- Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from this potentially serious disease.
- A vaccine also protects people around you, especially babies, young children, older people and people with certain chronic conditions.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid touching your T-Zone (eyes, nose and mouth).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water (or a hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol).
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
Flu shots are available at many locations!
Visit your primary care physician (PCP) to get your flu shot today! If you don’t have a PCP, or need to find someplace to go, visit the CDC’s HealthMap Vaccine Finder to find someplace close to home or work.
Visit the CDC’s Frequently Asked Flu Questions 2017-2018 Flu Season to learn what’s new this flu season.
For yourself and those around you, Tria Health recommends getting your annual flu vaccine.