It’s not too late to vaccinate – Get your flu
"Flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as
May," says Dr. Anne Schuchat, Assistant Surgeon General of the U.S.
Public Health Service and Director of CDC’s National Center for
Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. "We are encouraging people
who have not yet been vaccinated to get vaccinated now."
For millions of people every season, the flu can mean a fever,
cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue, and
miserable days spent in bed. However, you may not realize that more
than 200,000 people are hospitalized in the United States from flu
complications each year. The flu also can be deadly: CDC estimates
that from the 1976-1977 season to the 2006-2007 flu season,
flu-associated deaths ranged from a low of about 3,000 to a high of
about 49,000 people.
This is why CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6
months and older.
Anyone can get the flu, but some people are at greater risk for
serious flu-related complications, like pneumonia, that can lead to
hospitalization and even death. For those at greater risk for
complications, getting the flu vaccine is especially important.
People at greater risk include:
• Children younger than 5 years old, but especially children
younger than 2 years old
• Pregnant women
• People with certain medical conditions like asthma, diabetes,
or heart and lung disease
• People 65 years and older
"Getting the flu vaccine is simple, and it’s the most important
thing you can do to protect yourself and your family from the flu,"
says Dr. Schuchat.
Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s
offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies and college health
centers. They also are offered by many employers, and are even
available in some schools. So next time you see a sign that says,
"Get Your Flu Vaccine Here", stop in. Or make an appointment with
your doctor or clinic today.
Use the Flu Vaccine Finder by visiting
http://flushot.healthmap.org to find the nearest location where
you and your family can get vaccinated.
For more information about influenza or the flu vaccine, talk to
your doctor or nurse, visit
http://www.cdc.gov/flu or call CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO.