Hospital Administers First Flu Shots
Even if you are healthy, it is important to get the flu vaccine every year. You could be at risk of getting the flu and passing it to others. Each year more than 200,000 hospitalizations occur as a result of the flu and its complications. When the flu actually will begin is very hard to predict and can vary from season to season. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February, but can occur as late as May.
Northern Hospital of Surry County began giving flu vaccines to employees and volunteers on September 9, 2011 and had administered over 100 in the first day.
The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get a yearly flu vaccine. The flu vaccine protects against the main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season.
Also, you need to take everyday preventive steps like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading the flu to others.
For more information about the flu or flu vaccines, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/flu