Flu season awareness and prevention
It’s flu season again!
Hearing about the flu may feel like a broken record, but it’s one everyone should listen to. Fair warning – this is a little bit heavier than our usual blog posts, but it is important and we want you to be informed.
According to the CDC, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized every year from the flu and its complications, and as much as we like to think the flu is just something you get in the winter and get over, sadly 36,000 of those people die each year. The bulk of those numbers are seniors. The flu and its biggest complication, pneumonia, are two of the leading causes of death in the senior population.
Here’s the good news: Flu shots reduce hospitalization by around 70 percent according to the National Institute on Aging. Getting a flu shot is the best preventive measure you can take against the seasonal flu virus.
That is why it’s critical for seniors, and those who care for them, to get a flu shot now. The flu virus changes every year, so it’s also important to be vaccinated each year. However, there are a few reasons some people should not get the flu vaccine and it is just as important to know those before going to get your shot.
The CDC recommends that you be vaccinated in the months of October or November, but notes that flu shots in later months can still be beneficial. Luckily, most insurance will cover the costs of getting an annual flu shot, or pharmacies and local health departments will offer them at low cost. Medicare Part B actually covers one flu shot per season with no out of pocket cost. Keep an eye on the news for any upcoming free vaccination clinics in your area!
Have you gotten your flu shot yet? When do you usually plan to vaccinate against the flu?