National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 6-12
If you haven’t gotten the flu vaccine yet, now’s the time! This year we observe National Influenza Vaccination Week on December 6-12. This observance has taken place since 2005 to remind Americans that an annual flu shot is the single best way to stop this potentially serious disease. While flu season can begin as early as October, flu cases typically peak between December and February, and may extend into May. The earlier in the season you get immunized, the more likely you are to stay healthy when flu hits your community.
Get the Flu Shot, Not the Flu
Flu is one of the most common respiratory illnesses in the United States, and infects millions of people every year. An annual flu vaccination is the most important step to protect yourself and those you love from the flu and flu complications that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Annual vaccination is necessary because flu viruses are constantly changing. The vaccine is modified each year to best fight the viruses that are most prevalent.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone six months of age and older get vaccinated with the flu shot or mist each year. Flu can cause severe illness and even death for anyone, regardless whether or not they have high-risk conditions. However, vaccination is especially important for the following individuals:
- Pregnant women.
- Children younger than five, especially those younger than two years old (babies younger than six months cannot receive the flu vaccine).
- Adults age 65 years and older.
- Those with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma and heart disease.
Get Vaccinated at RediClinic
The flu shot is approved for individuals six months of age and older, including those with chronic medical conditions. Individuals 18 months and older can get immunized with the flu shot at any RediClinic walk-in clinic. RediClinic offers flu shots at H-E-B locations in Texas and at select Rite Aid Pharmacies, all open seven days a week with extended weekday hours.