CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE
It’s official – the flu is now widespread in Connecticut. As of January 4, there have been 683 reported cases of the flu in the state (with 239 cases in Fairfield County alone), two flu-related deaths and 142 people hospitalized with the flu.
Thousands of people die every year from the flu in the United States, and many more get seriously ill from the disease. To protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu, it’s important to get vaccinated and to follow good health hygiene.
It’s Not Too Late – Get Vaccinated!
The single best way to prevent the flu is through vaccination, and it’s not too late to get vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people get vaccinated as long as flu viruses are circulating. The flu season peaks in the United States between October and March, so the flu season is far from over. After vaccination, it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop in your body that protect you from the flu, so schedule a flu vaccination today!
The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. The flu vaccine is designed to protect against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season.
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