National Influenza Vaccination Week
December 4 - 10 has been designated National Influenza Week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding people that it recommends everyone six months of age and older get vaccinated against influenza.
In a release provided by the Broome County Health Department officials say there is still time to get a flu shot. According to Sean Britton, Director of Public Health at the Broome County Health Department, "flu season most often peaks between December and March but activity can occur as late as May. Although vaccination does not provide 100 percent protection against the flu, it does significantly decrease your chance of getting the flu and helps decrease complications if you do get the flu".
Flu can hit any age group. Some groups are at higher risk for severe flu and other complications. Pregnant women, very young children and those 65 plus often have more severe effects from the flu. Also, the Health Department report indicates people with asthma, diabetes, heart disease and other medical conditions are at high risk for complications from the flu.
Flu shots are available at a number of locations including many pharmacies, doctor's offices and clinics. For more information or to make an appointment for a flu shot the Broome County Health Department phone number is 607-778-2839.