The 2019-2020 flu season is already underway and positively confirmed flu cases are on the rise. As part of National Influenza (flu) Vaccination Week, District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is reminding families that it’s not too late to get the flu vaccine.
What is the flu?
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe infection in the nose, throat, and lungs.
How long is the flu season?
The flu season typically starts in October and can last as late as May.
Who should get the flu shot?
The CDC recommends routine annual influenza vaccination for all persons 6 months of age and older. The very young, pregnant women, elderly, and those with certain underlying health problems are at higher risk to have serious flu-related complications.
How many people get the flu yearly?
It is estimated that the flu results in 31.4 million outpatient visits and more than 200,000 hospitalizations. During the 2017-18 flu season, one of the longest and most severe in recent years, estimates indicate that more than 900,000 people were hospitalized, and more than 80,000 people died from the flu.
Where can you get the flu shot?
DHD#10, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies are easy-to-access options for flu shots. Children who lack insurance may be eligible for the Vaccines for Children Program available at DHD#10 and many provider offices. No one should go unprotected from the flu. Call 888-217-3904, option #2 to make an appointment at your local DHD#10 office.
There are many flu vaccine options available, and residents should speak with a healthcare provider about which flu vaccine is best for them.