STAY HEALTHY THIS FLU SEASON!!! It's that time of year again - Flu Season. The weather is getting colder along with the sniffles, coughing, sneezing, sore throats and achey muscles. The seasonal flu, which is also known as influenza, is not the same as a head cold and should not be taken lightly.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that the flu affects anywhere from 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population each year. Approximately 200,000 people are hospitalized each year due to flu-related complications.
Did you know even if you are a healthy adult, if you contract the flu you can start spreading the virus up to a full day before you show symptoms, and for 5 to 7 days afterwards. This means that even if you are healthy enough to fight off the flu on your own, you could be putting others at risk of infection without realizing it. This is why the flu vaccine is recommended for everyone who is able to take it.
Getting a flu shot before December is highly recommended to help you avoid the peak flu season. It is very important to act early. Hopefully we all will be" flu-free" this season:-)