If you keeping seeing signs or hearing about getting a flu shot, you probably think “It’s already December; it’s too late for that.”
Think again! Flu season usually peaks in January or February and can last as late as May.
The flu brings fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, and fatigue to millions of people each year. An annual flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older. Anyone can get the flu, but some people are at greater risk for serious flu-related complications, like pneumonia, that can lead to hospitalization and even death. For those at greater risk for complications, getting the flu vaccine is especially important. People at greater risk include:
Children younger than 5 years old, but especially children younger than 2 years old
People with medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease
People 65 years and older
It's also important to get the vaccine if you're a caretaker for anyone in one or more of these high-risk groups, or for babies younger than 6 months because they are too young to get the vaccine.
Flu vaccines are offered in several locations in San Mateo County. Call your doctor or visit the County flu vaccination information page for more information about vaccination locations near you.
So next time you see a sign that says, "Get Your Flu Shot," don’t just pass it by. Remember that it’s not too late to vaccinate. .
For more information about influenza or the flu vaccine, visit www.cdc.gov/flu, www.flu.gov or call CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO.