CDC Declares Flu Widespread in 43 States, Including Minnesota
Good news (not), if you've gotten the flu this season -- you're not immune to getting it again. That's because there are different strains, and having one doesn't prevent you from getting another; and neither does the vaccine necessarily. Getting a flu shot is still recommended because it does protect to a certain degree.
Twenty-one kids have already died from the flu in the U.S. this season. (Remember how bent outta shape we were about Ebola?) Influenza and its complications can be deadly. According to Minnesota's Mayo Clinic, people at higher risk of developing flu complications include:
- Young children
- Adults older than 65
- Pregnant women
- People with weakened immune systems
- People who have chronic illnesses
The CDC recommends the flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. Benefits from flu vaccination include reductions in illnesses, related doctors' visits and missed work or school. Vaccination also prevents flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.
Here's how to prevent the spread of the flu:
- Avoid contact with those who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth & nose when sneezing & coughing.
- Wash your hands.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Practice good health habits. (Sleep well, eat well, manage stress, exercise, plenty of fluids.)
Good luck and be well!