Getting a slow start to “flu season”…not entirely unusual…. as we saw in 2013, CDC reported an alarming rise in cases of the flu. The actual map of surveillance can be seen on the CDC website. It is never too late to get your flu shot. Especially true for new parents; newborns have little immunity and can be extraordinarily vulnerable to complications of the flu. Also, if you live with an immunocompromised person, if you care for children, elderly or ill people, its important to protect yourself AND them from the flu virus. Air, land and sea travelers have constant exposure to all virus’, especially the seasonal flu! The pesky virus is spread via droplets from the respiratory system of the infected person by coughing, sneezing, into the air, on to their hands and other surfaces within 5-6 feet of another individual. The virus affects the next victim, you, within 1-4 days! Next thing YOU know, you have sudden aches and pains all over, maybe a fever, a dry cough, sore throat and just want to crawl into a corner for a couple of days of sleep!
Pneumonia, a complication from having the flu, can be potentially deadly for the medically fragile population such as those who live with chronic disease that are still in the work force, surgical patients, cardiac and respiratory compromised persons, the elderly, diabetics, infants and children, just to name a few. Whether these folks are readily identified or not, its a good idea to protect ourselves and those around us. Its affordable, available, safe and highly recommended! Contact us at www.HealthSmartVaccines.com and get your flu shot. If you already have, well, thanks for protecting us both!