Flu Season Survival Tactics

Woman stretching her arms and yawningAn apple a day keeps the doctor away. But, does the same apply for good ol’ flu season? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 200,000 people (5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population) are hospitalized for flu-related complications like bronchitis and pneumonia. Those at high risk of such complications include pregnant women, children under 5 (but especially children under 2), as well as, men and women 65-years and older. Others at high risk include individuals battling medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease, liver and kidney disorders, among other things.

According to the CDC’s 2016-2017 influenza season FAQs, new things to be aware of include:

  • Only injectable flu shots are recommended this season.
  • Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.
  • There will be some new vaccines on the market this season.
  • The recommendations for vaccination of people with egg allergies have changed.

Who Should Not Get A Flu Shot

Individuals who should NOT get a flu shot are as follows, reports the CDC: