As the seasonal respiratory viruses are making the rounds, influenza is surging in the nation and the state.
The good news is that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year’s flu vaccine is a good match for the majority of flu viruses spreading in the U.S.
“If you were waiting to get your flu vaccine, for any reason, the time is now,” said Infectious Disease Physician Adam Brady, MD. “In our region, the number of flu cases have already surpassed the peaks of prior years, and that number continues to rise sharply.”
The CDC recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older get a flu vaccine annually. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against flu. Vaccination helps prevent infection and can also prevent serious outcomes in people who get vaccinated but still get sick with flu.
You can avoid influenza and many other respiratory ailments by following these basic guidelines:
- Wear face coverings in crowded public places.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid people who are sick, and if you are sick, stay home.
Contact your doctor or pharmacy, or check in with your county public health department, about getting your flu vaccination.
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