Get a flu shot for National Influenza Vaccination Week
The CDC is again recommending everyone older than 6 months get vaccinated to prevent infection. It takes two weeks for the vaccination to kick in and provide protection from the virus, so the officials say to get the shots early in the season.
“Our priority is keeping all Marylanders healthy and safe,” Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, health and mental hygiene secretary, said in a statement. “I urge all Maryland residents to get their flu vaccines before it's too late.”
The state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is also recommending preventive measures such as frequent hand washing, covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing and staying home if you’re sick. Other tips can be found at the CDC's flu page.
Flu symptoms include fever, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache and muscle aches and extreme fatigue. Anti-viral medications can shorten the length of illness for some high-risk people. But complications including death can occur, especially in seniors and those with underlying health conditions.
The CDC reports that just over 36 percent of adults and children have had vaccinations as of the first week of November, which is above the number of children and about the same number of adults who were vaccinated at the same time last year.
Among health care personnel, the number is up about 7 percent from last year to 63.4 percent.
And among pregnant women, about 43 percent were vaccinated, about the same as last year.
You have your flu shot yet?
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