(CDC has something to say about the flu and vaccination. Welcome, CDC!)
The holidays have come and gone, the gift returns are complete, and New Year’s resolutions are underway. But did you cross “get a flu vaccine” off your to-do list? If not, it’s not too late.
Last year, the flu peaked in February. The timing of influenza outbreaks is unpredictable. They can occur as early as October and as late as May. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu.
Vaccination is particularly important for people at high risk of serious flu complications including young children under the age of 5, but especially those under the age of 2 years, pregnant women, people 65 years and older, and people with chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.
The steps to protect yourself from flu are simple.
1. Educate yourself about the flu at http://www.cdc.gov/flu
2. Find where to get a flu vaccine using the flu vaccine finder http://www.flu.gov/
3. Get vaccinated and encourage your friends, family and coworkers to do the same.
Remember: The Flu Ends with U. Get a flu vaccine, not the flu.