Seasonal influenza remains a serious concern this flu season. Seasonal flu hospitalizes more than a quarter of a million people each year, and is responsible for 36,000 deaths each year in our nation.
The flu is not a cold. It is a serious disease. Annual vaccination against seasonal influenza is recommended for more than 80% of the US population. It is especially important for those in high-risk groups, including children six months to 18 months of age, adults over 50 years of age, pregnant women, anyone with chronic health conditions and caregivers and household contacts of these high-risk age groups.
Flu season lasts from fall through early spring. There is still plenty of time for you and your loved ones to get vaccinated. If you would like to learn more about Influenza and the vaccination you can find updated facts here: http://www.medscape.com/resource/influenza
I encourage everyone to get vaccinated. Many states have already recieved supplies for the seasonal flu vaccine. An easy way to find a clinc near you is
just by typing in your zip code. They also have links to other sites to find more information regarding the flu.
Take the plunge and get vaccinated!!!
The Seasonal Influenza Vaccine will not protect you from the H1N1 swine flu strain! The difficulty here is that you cannot tell the difference between the symptoms if you contracted the flu of any type! Obtaining the seasonal influenza vaccine will help protect you from becoming seriously ill from any of the flu strains.
In July there were 94,512 virologically confirmed cases with 429 deaths associated with the H1N1 influenza strain. It is estimated that the H1N1 viral swine flu will infect half of the US population, requiring 1.8 million hospitalizations and result in 30,000-90,000 deaths.
So what are the signs and symptoms of Influenza/or the H1N1 Swine flu
Fever 101-102.2 degrees
Incubation periods are from 1 to 7 days after being exposed by someone else. If you develop any or all of these signs and symptoms see your doctor as soon as possible. If it is H1N1, treatment needs to be initiated within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.
These same symptoms represent the typical onset of Influenza regardless of the Type of Influenza that you may have!
Getting vaccinated for the Seasonal Influenza will help protect you from becoming seriously ill from the flu!
Only you can protect yourself and those around you. Be proactive and get the shot. Call your doctor today or visit your local health department or locate a clinic near you.