Dec 08, 2014
By: Sylvia Mathews Burwell, HHS Secretary
As we near the end of autumn, many of us begin preparing for the holiday season, but there’s something else we need to prepare for as well: flu season. This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, a time to highlight the importance of getting our flu vaccine.
From missed work and school, to doctor’s visits or worse, the flu can take a big toll on your family. This season has already brought reports of serious illnesses, hospitalizations and even deaths. Thankfully, there are easy ways to fight the flu.
First, take the time to get a flu vaccine. Although some of the flu viruses this season are different than what’s in the vaccine, vaccination can still offer some protection and is the most important step to preventing infection from the most common flu viruses. Anyone 6 months and older should be vaccinated, especially those who are at serious risk of flu complications, such as young children, pregnant women, those with chronic health conditions, and people 65 years and older.