Flu Season 2018-2019: What You Need to Know
It’s that time of year again: The season for influenza typically begins in mid-October and peaks from December to February. Sometimes, seasonal flu season can last until early May!
The Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) estimates that flu has resulted in somewhere between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses each year in the United States. Since 2010, CDC estimates that up to 710,000 patients have required hospitalization due to the flu.
Last year, federal officials called the 2017-2018 flu season the worst in ten years. This year, the CDC is reporting that flu vaccines have been “updated to better match circulating viruses” and the minimum age requirements for some vaccinations have been changed to reflect the recommendations made last year by the FDA, enabling younger children to be vaccinated. There are also “high dose” shots available this year for older patients.
It is highly recommended that you receive your flu shot before flu begins to spread in your community. Medical professionals suggest early fall as prime time to receive the flu shot, as it takes up to two weeks after the shot is administered for your body to develop antibodies that will protect you against influenza.
As is the case each year, there are several things you can do to build up your immunity and to help prevent colds and flu. But the best prevention is to receive the flu shot. Flu shots are available from your family doctor, many pharmacies and most workplaces now offer flu clinics. Through protecting yourself against flu, you are also helping to protect your family, your workplace and your community.
You can read more about how to increase your immunity to the flu here.
To request your free quote to arrange your workplace flu shot clinic, contact Midland Health today.