This flu season is shaping up as one of the worst cold and flu seasons in 10 years. More than 40 states reporting widespread doctor visits and hospitalizations for influenza, the Centers for Disease Control reported.
Some doctors have reported that last year’s mild flu season has reduced demand for vaccinations this year. Hospitals in Chicago and Boston are turning patients away. Some hospitals in Dallas have run out of flu vaccine.
Searches on Google’s Flu Tracker have risen sharply every week since the start of December and stand more than 200 percent higher than last year.
January and February are the worst months for flu, so it is still early in the season.
I took a course from The Great Courses entitled “Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age.” The professor stated that for people over 65 influenza is the most common preventable cause of death. Additionally, vaccinations in adults could prevent about 80% of all influenza deaths.
Finally, if you have something new and different occurring in your body tell your doctor about it. Getting out in front of disease can keep you alive longer. It puts the odds of staying healthy way in your favor.
I have written a number of items on getting flu shots. Please check them out and get a flu shot.