I realize not everyone agrees with what I’m about to say but here goes – now is the time to get your flu shot. We’ve talked about how to stay healthy in the past so you can continue to be the Thriving Individual and Practitioner you are so I’ll not go on too long today except to remind you. A piece to consider – if you don’t wish to get it for yourself I get it. Can you see it as something that will benefit the larger community?
Here’s what the Centers for Disease Control has to say:
Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. During a regular flu season, about 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 years and older. “Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.
During this time, flu viruses are circulating at higher levels in the U.S. population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.