With the huge fluctuations in temperature this winter, many of us have runny noses or coughs. Many have already experienced the bonding experience with your bathroom as a result of the stomach bug, but we don’t want you to forget about the flu!
The CDC put out this statement on their site:
Flu activity is widespread in most of the country. High levels of flu activity are likely to continue for several weeks. If you have not gotten your flu vaccination yet this season, you should get one now. A flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and the people around you from influenza and its potentially serious complications. (www.cdc.gov/flu/)
It also put this in a recent alert to clinicians:
Seasonal influenza contributes to substantial morbidity and mortality each year in the United States. In the 2012-13 influenza season, CDC estimates that there were approximately 380,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations. Although influenza activity nationally is currently at low levels, some areas of the United States are already experiencing high activity, and influenza activity is expected to increase during the next few weeks. (emergency.cdc.gov/HAN/han00359.asp)
It’s not too late to get your flu vaccine, and remember, it takes a couple weeks for your body to be fully capable of fighting it off. Receiving it took us less than 20 minutes at a CVS, and its cost is covered by most insurance plans. Other local pharmacies offer this service too, so please take advantage of it.