ROCHESTER, Minn. – The 2018-2019 flu season is fast approaching and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending people get prepared.
The CDC is recommending everyone 6 months old and older get a flu vaccination. It can’t predict how bad the flu season will be this year, but does have updated vaccinations to match viruses going around now.
As of now, manufacturers are providing between 163 and 168 million doses of injectable vaccine for the U.S. market for this upcoming flu season.
The CDC is also recommending the nasal flu spray for non-pregnant people from 2-49 years old.
It estimates anywhere from 9.2 to 35.6 million people get illnesses from the flu each year.
To bring this number down, people who are more at risk to getting the flu, like the elderly, are advised to get high dosages of the shot.
River Bend Assisted Living in Rochester is listening to these recommendations and hosting a community event so people can get educated on the 2018-2019 flu vaccination. It said getting the elderly vaccinated helps more than just the older population.
“It helps everybody, those you care about, your family members and those who take care of you,” Paul Cox, Executive Director at River Bend, said.
This event is open to the public and is happening on October 2 at 2pm.
Flu season starts around October and peaks in December. People are advised to get shots now as the vaccine takes two weeks to start working.
To learn more about the 2018-2019 flu season, click here.