Get Your Flu Shot During National Influenza Vaccination Week
By Kristin Forbis, Dec 6, 2021
It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week and if you haven’t received a flu shot yet, TriCounty Health Department wants you to know there is still time. TriCounty Health Department administers flu vaccines to children six months old to adults and senior citizens. Seasonal flu shots protect against three or four different strains of influenza viruses that research suggests may be the most common during the upcoming season. The CDC shares that people with flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins. Some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Influenza virus infection is so common that the number of people infected each season can only be estimated, according to the CDC. These statistical estimations are based on CDC-measured flu hospitalization rates that are adjusted to produce an estimate of the total number of influenza infections in the United States for a given flu season. Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.