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Flu season is not over yet!

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December 20th, 2011

Flu season is not over yet! By the time January rolls around, many people have forgotten about getting a flu shot, even though peak flu season is usually in January and February. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it s still beneficial to get vaccinated, even late in the season. People over 65 are at high risk of serious flu complications, including pneumonia, ear and sinus infections, dehydration, or even death. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year because of flu complications. More than 23,000 die. Ninety percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older.

  • Those with chronic health conditions need to be especially careful. The CDC recommends the following everyday preventive steps:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Get plenty of sleep, stay physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Stay flu-free this year!