For those of you who havent heard the recent news reports, Influenza is nasty this year and wreaking havoc in many states, including my own. In fact Boston declared a state of emergency after 18 people have died…yes DIED from the flu.
Each year about 30,000 people die from influenza. In hard hit years, it can reach almost 60,000. Flu isn’t to be trifled with, people. AND because of the fact that the flu that is hitting the US right now IS the strain that is in the vaccine, you can bet that all those people could have been protected IF THEY GOT THEIR FLU SHOT.
No, its not too late.
Unfortunately we in profession see a vicious cycle with flu shots: First, we see a bad year for flu and then the next year everybody gets their shot because they saw how bad it was..or they got the flu themselves…then the rates of vaccines drop after a year or so because the flu outbreak is mild ( because everbody got the shot…duh!), then when vaccination rates are poor, we see an out break of flu …and the cycle starts again.
Get your shot…if the pharmacy still has vaccine!