The holidays have come and gone, but flu season is in full swing across the country. Perhaps you know this all too well, with people in your community or possibly in your own family battling the flu in recent weeks. You know that the flu is an unforgiving sickness that can sideline you for days or weeks. It can leave you clutching your pillow for dear life and begging for mercy. It’s inconvenient and unpleasant and really brutal. And that’s just when an average, healthy adult gets the flu. The flu can be a potentially serious and even life-threatening illness, especially among the elderly and young children. Which is why the flu shots for kids is so crucial, and no, it’s not too late if you have not yet taken action.
According to the CDC, flu season could last for another 3-4 months. “In the United States, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter months. Influenza activity often begins to increase in October and November. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February and can last as late as May.” Which means that while some of the heaviest flu activity may have passed, we’re still all at risk of contracting this illness until May. We may have survived the worst of it, but we’re not out of the woods yet.
Despite what some people may argue as far as the risks of the flu vaccine are concerned, medical experts as well as the Center for Disease Control recommend that everyone get the flu vaccine. The phrase “better safe than sorry” comes to mind, and trust us, if you get the flu, you will be really sorry.
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