South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS)
Flu Shot? It's Not Too Late!
National Influenza Vaccination Week – December 4-10
It’s not too late to get a flu shot. If you thought flu season was over, think again. Flu season actually runs all the way through May, with the peak of the season being in February! So why is this National Influenza Vaccination Week? Because statistically, vaccinations against the flu drop off after Thanksgiving. People either get busy and forget or they think that the flu season is over or almost over.
Millions of people get the flu every year, suffering from a fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, nausea, achy muscles, etc. Some people may actually have no symptoms at all or just minor respiratory problems. Getting the flu means missing work, school, important family events, etc. The flu is not picky; it will infect anyone it can.
Anyone can get the flu, but there are some that have a greater risk for serious complications like pneumonia and even death. People who have a greater risk include:
• Children younger than 5-years-old, but especially those younger than 2
• Pregnant women
• People with certain medical conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease
• People 65-years-old and older.
It is especially important for health care workers, and those who care for individuals in the high risk group, to get vaccinated.
Protect yourself and enjoy the 2012 holiday season by getting vaccinated and encouraging your loved ones to do the same.
South Texas Veterans Health Care System offers the flu shot Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center lobby.