Influenza is Here
According to a recent article, the CDC estimates that between “6.2 million to 7.3 million people in the United States have been sick with the flu since October” and that “69,000 to 84,000 people have been hospitalized during the Oct. 1 to Jan. 5 period” as a result. It’s shaping up to be another severe season, unfortunately.
Though we don’t yet know how effective this year’s flu shot is, we still strongly recommend getting it. Even if it fails to prevent the flu, if you do get the flu after being immunized, you’re less likely to have severe symptoms. You’re also less likely to pass it on to someone else, someone who might be at higher risk for death, like an infant or elderly person.