Even though today feels like spring here in the Northeast, it's still winter. And the flu is still a threat. Such a threat, in fact, that about 36,000 people die each year from complications of the flu.
Today the news reported that the flu has finally arrived in New York City. If you're in this area and/or haven't gotten your flu shot yet, it's not too late.
I get a flu shot every year, usually as soon as they are available. I've been doing this ever since getting absolutely zonked by a bad case of the flu one year when my children were little. The 104-degree fever combined with violent chills and body aches were enough to convince me to get annual shots and hope to never repeat that experience again! A lot of my friends don't get flu shots because they don't have time, or don't think they'll catch it.
But as we get older, it's important to know that there are some of us who are more prone to develop complications if we do catch the flu. So why not prevent it in the first place?
You're at risk for complications if you are 50 years or older, have chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease, are pregnant and/or have young children.
Read our Flu and Colds Health Topic to learn more about the flu. Also, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has helpful information to help you understand symptoms, risks and other information pertaining to the flu.
Wishing you good health and a flu-free winter!