Flu Facts

  • Influenza (Flu) season generally begins in October and continues through May
  • While each year is different, at minimum the flu causes:
    • 9 million illnesses
    • 4 million visits to the doctor
    • 140,000 hospitalizations
    • 18,000 ICU admissions
    • 4,000 deaths
  • 1 in 10 unvaccinated adults will become infected each year
  • 1 in 5 unvaccinated children will become infected each year
  • The best prevention from getting the flu is the flu vaccine!

Flu Vaccine

While it is recommended that all family members older than six months of age receive the flu vaccine each year, individuals with the following conditions are considered to be of higher risk for developing serious complications from the flu:

  • Asthmatics and those with chronic lung disease
  • Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease)
  • Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes)
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney or liver disorders
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Obesity
  • Immune suppression

There are few conditions by which a flu vaccine is not recommended.  They include:

  • Severe, life threatening allergies to the flu vaccine or a component in them (such as gelatin, eggs)
  • History of having Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Significant active illness