The flu season is in full swing beginning in October and lasting through March. The flu vaccination is recommended to everyone 6 months or older. There are documented benefits from flu vaccination including reductions in illnesses, related doctors’ visits and missed work or school. Vaccination can also prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious disease, caused by viruses, that spreads around the United States every winter, usually between October and May. Flu is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact.
Flu can make some people much sicker than others: people 65 and older and those with certain health conditions – such as heart, lung or kidney disease, nervous system disorders, or a weakened immune system. Flu vaccination is especially important for these people, and anyone in close contact with them. Flu can also lead to pneumonia, and make ex-isting medical conditions worse.