Although more Americans than ever are getting their annual flu shots, U.S. health officials have urged everyone 6 months of age and older, to receive a flu vaccination for the coming flu season. Those who remain unvaccinated are at higher risk of hospitalization and death from flu and its complications. A flu shot is especially important for people with medical conditions such as heart disease, asthma or diabetes. Additionally, vaccinating pregnant women and health care professionals is vital.
Approximately 5% to 20% of Americans come down with the flu annually, which includes 20,000 children under the age of 5. The highest number of flu related dead was recorded last year. The flu vaccine will only work if it is received before a person is exposed to influenza.
By Steven Reinberg