Ah, autumn. It's the time for cooling temperatures, falling leaves, bountiful harvests … and flu shots.
The flu season usually begins in October, peaks between December and February, but can last as late as May.
You may think that the flu is a minor annoyance, but for some, it can be life threatening. The very young and the very old, and those whose immune systems are compromised, are at risk for hospitalization — or even death — when influenza strikes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the 2018–2019 flu season was responsible for up to:
- 42.9 million flu illnesses
- 20.1 million flu-related medical visits
- 647,000 flu hospitalizations
- 61,200 flu-related deaths