Flu Facts

From the desk of your Health Care District School Nurse:

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that infects the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe infection and can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Older people, young children, and those with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious flu complications. Even healthy people can get very sick and spread it to others. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. The CDC recommends that everyone six (6) months of age and older should get vaccinated annually.

Seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and March. If you have not yet received your yearly flu vaccination it is not too late. It takes only about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop and protect against infection. It is best to get vaccinated and protected before flu begins spreading in the community. (www.cdc.gov)

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