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Early Start to Severe Flu Season

Early Start to Severe Flu Season

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the flu season is beginning earlier and having a greater impact than in most prior years.  They compare the potential impact to the 2003/2004 flu season when over 48,000 Americans died of the flu or flu related illness.

The current strains of flu virus have the potential for serious impact on the elderly, children under the age of five, and individuals with asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases affecting the immune system.  On a related and more positive note, the current flu vaccine is well matched to the active strains of the virus.

The most effective way to prevent flu is to get the vaccine.  Vaccinations are readily available all over Texas at doctor's offices and clinics, drugstores, and local health departments.  Many employers also offer shots in the workplace.  Other important precautions include frequent hand washing or use of a hand disinfectant and staying away from the workplace if you are sick or have not recovered completely.  If necessary, consider re-activating some of the plans your center made during the flu pandemic scare that occurred in 2009.