Flu season starts in early October and lasts until May.
Historically, just under 7 million people get a dose of influenza-associated illness yearly, with about half of them seeking professional medical attention.
And, each year the flu bug, and complications brought on from the virus, kills between 3,000 and 49,000 people…
With 90% of those deaths occurring to people 65 and older.
Why the wide range in the mortality estimates?
This death data is tabulated and recorded by the Centers For Disease Control (CDC).
Seasonal influenza may lead to death from other causes, such as pneumonia, congestive heart failure, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
…influenza is infrequently listed on death certificates and testing for seasonal influenza infections is usually not done, particularly among the elderly who are at greatest risk of seasonal influenza complications and death.
…influenza virus is only detectable for a short period of time and/or many people don’t seek medical care until after the first few days of acute illness.
…Only counting deaths where influenza was included on a death certificate would be a gross underestimation of seasonal influenza’s true impact…
The point is, depending upon our specific condition, a flu related illness is serious and could be fatal, especially to us kids on the Far Side Of 55!
How Prevent Influenza:
The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against flu.
Millions of people have safely received flu vaccines for decades.
…flu vaccine reduces the risk of doctor visits due to flu by approximately 60% among the overall population when the vaccine viruses are like the ones spreading in the community…
Getting a flu vaccination is smart health decision.
Yet, it isn’t a guarantee you won’t end up getting bitten by the flu bug.
However, people who get the flu, despite being vaccinated, usually suffer less than someone who didn’t get a shot.
12 Reasons Why You Should Get a Flu Shot This Year:
- Prevents you from getting the flu
- You’re not an influenza carrier who infects family, friends community
- Lowers your risk of aggravating other illnesses because flu has weakened your system
- Lowers risk of heart attack, heart failure and stroke by 36% Harvard Medical School
- 4 out of 10 people don’t wash their hands after sneezing, passing on flu bugs
- 24% of flu sufferers are out in public
- Well over half scheduled flyers with influenza still fly
- 63% of your friends don’t get a flu shot
- Flu viruses can be caught from up to 6 feet away
- Most health insurance plans cover the shots
- Shots are fast, mostly pain-free
- Could save your life!
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Whether you get a shot or not, remember the following tips:
When you’re outta your home, try not to touch any wet part of your body: eyes, nose or mouth. (Main way germs are spread).
And, if possible, keep your distance from those already infected.
Get a flu shot this year…
Video: The Benefits Of Getting An Influenza Vaccination:
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