As we make our way into fall, here’s your annual reminder to get your flu shot and protect yourself from the influenza virus this year. U.S. health officials are worried this year’s flu season could be particularly bad. Why? Australia’s flu season has already hit and strain H3N2 has been pretty impactful, especially to the older population. And U.S. health officials have already seen H3N2 begin to pop up.
Something else important to remember is that while we often associate the flu with a sick day at home with a runny nose and sore throat, it can become much more serious. Some cases of the flu can lead to hospitalization and even death, which is why it’s so important to get a flu shot, if you’re able, to protect yourself from the virus. Officials say the number of hospitalizations and deaths from the flu they’ve observed are far too high given there is a vaccine for the disease.
There are 1000s of places you can get your flu shot. For a list, vist HealthMap Vaccine Finder.
To read more about this year’s flu vaccine, please visit “It’s Time to Get Your Flu Shot Again.”