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 flu is responsible for:
- Up to 35.6 million illnesses since 2010
- Up to 710,000 hospitalizations each year
- 12,000 to 56,000 deaths each year