Flu Season Is On The Way
Maybe you've noticed, as I have, area pharmacies promoting Flu shots. My immediate thought was that it seems a bit early, but according to the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention, Flu season can start as early as October.
Here are some facts about the 2013-'14 Flu season, according to cdc.gov:
"What sort of flu season is expected this year?
Although epidemics of flu happen every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one year to another.
Will new strains of flu circulate this season?
Flu viruses are constantly changing so it's not unusual for new flu virus strains to appear each year.
When will flu activity begin and when will it peak?
The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary from season to season. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.
What should I do to prepare for this flu season?
CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine is designed to protect against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season.
In addition, you can take everyday preventive steps like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading influenza to others."
For more information, contact the Oneida County Health Department.