Influenza or “the flu” is a virus that is often spread during winter months. It can be very dangerous and varies from year to year.
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While it typically peaks in January, it can be burdensome throughout the flu season. One hundred eighty children passed away last year from influenza-related infections. Kids tend to spread the infection more than others because they play, drool, and interact with others constantly.
Children under age five and the elderly are at higher risk for dangerous infections from flu. The flu shot tends to decrease the severity of the flu if one contracts it.
This year’s flu vaccine has three or four strains of the virus, based on the most prevalent strains anticipated for the continent.
Anyone over six months of age can get a flu shot. Pregnant moms benefit from immunization. It’s safer to get a flu shot than try to outsmart it because you may not feel the symptoms as soon as you contract it. It’s best to get it before Halloween.
Listen as Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson joins Melanie Cole, MS to share all you need to know about this flu season.
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