Cold, flu season is coming

Published 9:06 am Saturday, October 6, 2018

With flu season quickly approaching, medical professionals are urging people to get vaccinated.

The Center for Disease Control recommends that everyone get vaccinated before the end of October, before the flu season reaches its peak in December and January and can last into May. The CDC does say that getting vaccinated later is still beneficial, even into January.

Many people do not like to get the vaccination because they feel a little sick. But those who do not get vaccinated run the risk of getting pneumonia or even dying.

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While there is some controversy about getting vaccines, the CDC said that there were 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations each year from the flu.

And there is the fact that last year, 80,000 Americans died from the flu.

That included 180 children, the majority of which didn’t get the vaccine. Most of the deaths were among people over 65 years old.

Nobody likes getting a shot or the nasal spray, but the temporary discomfort is better than a stint in the hospital or ending up dead.