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Center for Disease Control (CDC) is Recommending that People Get Vaccinated for the Flu by the End of October this Year

Oct 04, 2017 01:08AM ● By Paul Spear
Get a flu Vaccine! It’s the best way to help you fight the flu this season. The CDC recommends that people get vaccinated by the end of October, if possible.

Flu season is approaching. Although the flu season may vary, it is most common during the fall and winter months. You can protect yourself and your family from the flu this season by getting a flu shot. It’s the first and most important step to fight the flu.

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness causes by influenza viruses. The illness can be mild to severe. Each year, millions of people are sickened, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands die from the flu. Because the flu can cause serious illness, understanding how its spread and how to prevent it is an important step in keeping yourself and your loved ones protected from the flu this season. Flu spreads from person to person by droplets when people cough, sneeze, or talk. To protect yourself avoid close contact with sick people, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands often with soap and water. 

This flu season the CDC recommends the use of the injectable seasonal flu vaccine. The nasal spray flu vaccine should not be used during the 2017-2018 season. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year. The vaccine has a number of important benefits, and can not only reduce flu illness, but can also reduce missed work and school. The flu vaccine has lso been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization.

The flu usually comes on suddenly, and symptoms may include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue, and some people may even have vomiting and diarrhea, although this is more common in children than adults. Most people who get sick from the flu will feel better in several days to less than 2 weeks, but some can develop complications. Complications include pneumonia, hospitalizations, or even death. .

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated. If you haven’t already, get the flu vaccine to protect yourself from the flu and to help fight flu this season. Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including South Bay Urgent Care, the new urgent care at 1628 Palm Ave. Medicare and some insurances will cover the cost of the vaccine. South Bay Urgent Care is also offering the vaccine for the cash price of $20 for those without insurance. They are open 7 days a week with convenient hours, and have made the process fast and affordable.

The 2017-18 seasonal influenza vaccination campaign sponsored by the CDC kicked off September 28, 2017. You can join the effort to fight flu by getting your flu vaccine and encouraging people to protect themselves and their family by doing the same.  Join the conversation online with the hashtag #FightFlu, and show your support by joining CDC’s #FightFlu Thunderclap.

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