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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released through its website information on the 2018-2019 flu season.
An estimated 9.2 million to 35.6 million people are infected by influenza each year in the U.S. Between 140,000 and 710,000 people are hospitalized, and between 12,000 and 56,000 people die, according to the CDC’s estimations.
The CDC recommends the following measures to avoid contracting and spreading influenza:
- Get vaccinated. All people six months and older should be vaccinated using a licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine.
- Get vaccinated early – ideally in early or mid-October. The flu season can begin as early as late October. It takes vaccines about two weeks to become effective.
- Avoid the sick and wash hands frequently.
- Stay home, if sick, to avoid spreading the flu.
A recent study supported by the CDC found that vaccination significantly reduces the chances of contracting the flu or, if the flu is contracted, reduces its severity. The study observed that vaccinated adults admitted to a hospital due to the flu were almost 60 percent less likely to require admission to the ICU.
For more information on the 2018-2019 flu season, visit the CDC’s frequently asked questions webpage.
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