According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), influenza or “the flu” is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. The flu infects the nose, throat, and lungs and in serious cases, the flu infection can result in hospitalization or in some cases death. Some people, such as the very old, young or infirmed are at higher risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated every year.
There is still a lot of time left in the flu season,” said Dr. Ivan Miller, Director of the Emergency Department at Westchester Medical Center. Flu season is usually considered the time between October and May. “We have seen some case of the flu this year and although we may be well into the season, flu activity peaks in January and often later. So, If you haven’t yet been vaccinated you can still protect yourself and your family from the virus.”
By getting vaccinated you not only reduce your own risk of getting the flu, but you also reduce the risk for spreading it to people around you. You can learn more about the vaccine and more about the influenza virus by visiting the CDC website.