Did you know that seasonal flu most commonly peaks between December and February and can last as late as May? Flu is a serious disease that can result in hospitalization and can even be fatal. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and loved ones from flu.
Flu activity is high across most of the country, so it isn't too late to get vaccinated if you haven't already. And, many people don’t realize that if you do get sick with the flu, antiviral medicines can be prescribed to help treat the flu by making illness milder and shorter, as well as reducing flu-related complications. This is especially important for people with high risk conditions. Early treatment with antivirals could mean the difference between having a milder illness and a hospital stay, or worse.
We’ll be hosting a #FightFlu Twitter party with @CDCFlu (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) on January 27, 2015 at 12 p.m. ET. We’ll talk about the importance of getting vaccinated, what to do if you have flu-like symptoms, and other useful information that can help you protect yourself and loved ones against the flu this season, including the CDC’s recommended “Take 3” actions:
1) Get a flu vaccine every year
2) Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs
3) Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them
Mark your calendars and join the conversation using #FightFlu. See you there!