Why You Need to Get the Flu Shot

September 23, 2016

This post is a Nursing Nugget courtesy of Ginny Trickett, our Director of Nursing at Deptford Center.

Fall is officially here, which mean flu season is sadly right around the corner. Flu season is from October to May and it peaks between December and February.

Thankfully, we don’t live in a world where influenza is killing millions of people like it did over a century ago. But just because we have defeated an epidemic doesn’t downplay how serious influenza can be. Even healthy people can get the flu and some cases can be very serious, even deadly. The people that face the highest risk of getting the flu include:

-       Adults ages 65+

-       People with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, etc.

-       Children under 5 years of age

-       Pregnant women


The CDC estimates that between 80-90% of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older, and between 50-70% of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations have occurred among people in this age group.

How can we protect ourselves from a potentially serious malady? The solution is the flu shot.

The CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months of age receive an annual flu vaccine. By getting vaccinated, you protect yourself and those around you from getting the flu. The flu vaccine can immunize you from many different strains of the flu virus. Vaccination is especially important for people 65 years and older. This age group is at greater risk of serious complications from the flu because our immune defenses weaken as we get older.

 Words alone cannot express how committed we are at Centers Health Care to keeping our staff and residents healthy. Several of our facilities have held flu shot clinics and will continue to do so throughout flu season. Follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on when the next flu shot clinic is at your closest Centers location.



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