With months to go in this year’s flu season, it is essential for people to take the initiative and get their flu shot. Health professionals everywhere are urging people to get flu vaccinations after flu-like activity hit its peak in late December.
Reports across the nation have indicated that flu activity as of late aligns with that of the 2017-2018 flu season, which was one of the most sever flu seasons in almost a decade causing 61,000 American deaths.
With that being said, doctors encourage people to get the shot to ease the severity of the flu if an individual does get sick and to help prevent health complications.
Symptoms of the Flu
Flu viruses travel through the air in droplets when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes or talks. Individuals can contract the flu by inhaling the droplets directly or by touching their nose, mouth or eyes after coming in contact with contaminated surfaces.
The elderly, children and individuals with compromised immune systems are more likely to get sick. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should contact your doctor.
- Body aches
- Fever and/or chills
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Sore Throat
A new vaccine is created every year to combat new strains of the virus. The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention recommends annual flu vaccinations for everyone 6 months of age and older. You can visit your doctor to receive your flu shot or there may be facilities that offer vaccinations near you. Click here to find a facility.
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