NOT Too Late to Get Flu Shot
Remember how terrible the 2009 swine flu season was? The numbers of flu cases this season has been comparable, and United States public health officials are convinced it is not over yet. If media coverage of this year’s particularly severe flu season has you worried about catching the virus, one major step you can take to protect yourself (if you haven’t already) is to get your flu shot!
For various reasons, including busy schedules, people may miss getting their fall-time flu shot. However, it’s NOT too late to get your flu shot, even if we are in the heart of flu season.
Influenza Outbreaks Are Increasing
This year’s influenza outbreak is more intense than any since the 2009 swine flu pandemic, and is still getting worse. New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal what so many have suspected: This is the worst flu season in nearly a decade.
This season is now on track to equal or surpass the 2014-2015 flu season. CDC data indicates “the flu is still spreading wildly, with 49 of the 50 states reporting ‘widespread’ activity, and that more than eight percent of all deaths in this country are from the flu and pneumonia, the highest we’ve seen this winter.”
Man Flu Does Exist
If you’re a woman, you know all about “man flu.” At the first sniffle or two, your guy starts to look downcast and lethargic. You know from past experience, he’s soon going to be sacked out on the couch for the next week or two, hoping you’ll be there waiting on him as if he’s on death’s door.
Men have always insisted that they really do get sicker. And now, they have a champion, a man who says science backs them up. Canadian researcher Dr. Kyle Sue, tired of hearing men’s complaints derided as exaggeration, decided to take a tour of the medical literature to see if there was any evidence to show that men actually do suffer more than women when they get the flu.
Don’t doubt it: “Man flu” is real, or so says one Canadian researcher who was “tired of being accused of overreacting.” They discovered men are more vulnerable to respiratory illnesses than women.
Ways to Prepare for Cold and Flu
There’s no doubt about it. Cold and flu season is a sure thing and it’s on the rise this year. Cold and flu season may bring body aches and fever, but there are precautions you can take to keep illness at bay.
Flu Shot Cost
Flu shot cost at our clinics is $30. Be sure to check your insurance policy, however, to see if flu shots are covered. If so, you pay nothing. You must have your insurance card for us to file for payment.
If you want to save money, getting a flu shot is the smart strategy. Consider all of the medicine you will be buying if you do get the flu, and lost income from work if you are not on salary, or lost personal days that would have been your winter or summer vacation- not to mention the potential cost of doctors visits or hospitalizations.
Knowing the Difference Between Cold and Influenza Symptoms
The common cold and influenza are both respiratory illnesses that are caused by viruses. A person has around a 20% chance of getting influenza, but is likely to contract a cold 2-3 times, in an average year. Because these two illnesses have similar symptoms, it is important to understand what makes them different.
The Center for Disease Control states the best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. The CDC recommends all people six months and older get a flu shot, and the optimal time to get your flu shot is during the month of September or October.