Get your flu shot!!! Health care managers are seeing an early start to the flu season this year and their advice is to get the vaccine now.
It is recommended that everyone 6 months of age and older gets a flu shot. It is especially important if you live with or care for someone at risk of complications from the flu.
Flu cases have jumped in some Southern states, giving the flu season its earliest start in decades. Reports of flu cases in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Georgia are higher than normal for this time of year. Usually cases don’t start to increase until after the holidays.
There is no explanation for why the season has started early, but the primary strain seems to be particularly hard on the elderly. Flu-related hospitalizations are increasing also.
The winter of 2003-2004 was the last time a flu season started this early. That season was also one of the most deadly in the previous 35 years. The primary type of flu then was the same as is being seen this year.
The good news is that we seem to be pretty well prepared with more than a third of Americans vaccinated. This year’s vaccine also is well matched to the strains seen so far.
Minnesota School of Business wants to spread the message to get your flu shot!
Jerry Lovrien has held positions of Chief Executive Officer at health and behavioral health facilities in Minnesota and Washington State. He served successfully as State Director/Commissioner of Health and Behavioral Health in Georgia, West Virginia and Minnesota. Jerry has taught high school through graduate courses and is currently an Instructor with Minnesota School of Business.