Flu season has begun. It’s been nasty in other parts of the world, and could turn that way here—it’s impossible to say how it’s going to play out.
Few of us think of flu as being a serious disease, but in the US, deaths each year range from 3,000 to an astonishing 49,000. About 200,000 people are hospitalized each year for influenza-related illnesses.
It’s not worth the risk. Everyone over the age of six months needs to get vaccinated each year unless a healthcare provider believes there’s a medical reason not to do so.
Symptoms of flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea.
If you’re not yet vaccinated, you can find a flu vaccination clinic near you with the flu vaccine finder at http://flushot.healthmap.org
For more information on flu, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu