Flu season is upon us – again, and I’m not happy about. The flu is the bane of my winter existence. Having the flu is bad enough, but when the kids get it. Well, let me just say that even the sweetest children can get a little testy when they feel like dirt.
Flu Season is a Drag
Flu season is a drag if you don’t take the proper steps to keep the dreaded bug at bay. Nobody has the time to lay in bed with a fever and chills, and nobody wants to see their precious little angel sacked out on the couch looking like a sick puppy. That’s why I’m excited to let you know about National Influenza VaccinationWeek, or NIVW. It was established in 2005 to highlight the importance of flu vaccination through the holiday season and afterwards, as well.
Get Your Flu Shot
Out of all the ways you can keep sickness out of your house this flu season, getting your flu shot is the most important. The flu is nothing to sneeze at. Did you know that every year 20,000 children are hospitalized every year due to the flu and its complications? Many of them die. Children under five years of age are at higher risk of serious flu complications, and children younger than two even more so.
Remember, it’s never too late to get your flu shot. Even if you manage to make it through the most active part of the flu season, you’re still at risk for contracting the flu as far into the spring as May. So get that vaccination.
The peak of flu season is between December and February. Which just happens to coincide with a number of holidays that involve prolonged human interaction. It’s the perfect breeding ground for the flu, so it’s important to know your risk. Children and the elderly are most at risk. Every year there are over 53,000 deaths due to the flu and pneumonia – a common flu complication. The vast majority of these deaths are children, the elderly, and those with chronic health problems. Again, get that vaccination this flu season!
Flu Season is Here and it’s Heinous
The flu is a vicious beast just waiting to take a bite out of you and your family, so it pays to have all the knowledge you can. There’s an enormous amount of information on this subject. In fact, there’s too much to cover in one article. Follow the links below for even more information on the flu and how you can protect yourself and your family this flu season.