It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week, and there is no better time to get vaccinated for the seasonal flu if you haven’t already.
You may be wondering why National Influenza Vaccination Week happens so late in the year — flu season has been in full swing for some time now, right? But in 2015, the CDC reports, only about 40% of the U.S. population that was recommended to receive the vaccination had done so by the end of November. The CDC also notes that few people choose to get vaccinated once November ends, even though flu season often continues through March.
It’s so important to get vaccinated for the seasonal flu every year, no matter how late into flu season it is. That’s because the flu virus puts individuals such as senior citizens, young children, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems at risk for serious health complications as long as the flu virus is actively spreading illness.
Even if you’ve already had the flu this season, you’re still at risk of getting sick, and you should still get vaccinated. Not only will you be helping to protect others around you, but you’ll also be protecting yourself from all of the virus strains that the vaccine is designed for.
It’s easier than ever to get vaccinated, too. Immunizations can be administered at your primary care physician’s office or at your local pharmacy. Your insurance will often cover most, if not all, of your cost for the flu vaccine, so there’s no reason to delay immunization if your doctor recommends it for you.
Throughout the past couple of months, the Charles County Department of Health has offered free vaccination clinics across the county. Click here to see the full schedule of upcoming clinics or call (301) 609-6900 to learn more.
To learn more about the seasonal flu, visit our Online Health Library today.