There have been reports of earlier than usual incidents of people getting the flu this season. One case was so severe that it required hospitalization. Los Angeles Health officials are recommending that everyone gets their flu vaccine.
It is normal to have some flu reports during the summer and early fall, but the cases that have been reported may suggest an early start for the flu season. In addition to receiving the flu vaccine, individuals should practice basic hygiene habits such as washing hands to help prevent the susceptibility of getting the flu.
The importance of getting the flu vaccine is crucial because it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to create an immune defense against the strains of flu. According to The Center of Disease Control and Prevention, each year, approximately 222,000 individuals get hospitalized and 24,000 individuals die due to the flu. Therefore, it is imperative for everyone to get their flu shots as soon as possible.
There are certain groups of people that are strongly advised to get vaccinated:
- People older than 50
- Children under the age of 5
- Pregnant Women
- People with a weaken immune system
- People that work in nursing homes and health care facilities
- Anyone with diabetes, heart disease, or overweight
Local pharmacies, medical centers, and supermarkets are offering the flu vaccine. Therefore, do not wait any longer–get your flu shot soon! Valley Occupational Medical Center is now ordering flu shots upon request!