Should I Get a flu shot?
The 2017-2018 flu season was one of the most severe in the past decade:
According to CDC data, it is estimated that 80,000 individuals died from the flu in the US.
391 flu deaths were reported during the 2017-2018 flu season in North Carolina. That total is the most during a flu season since adult flu deaths became reportable in NC in 2009.
In anticipation of the 2018 flu season, North Carolina health officials are urging individuals to get vaccinated.
“A flu vaccination is a simple, easy step that can help keep you healthy. In addition, getting vaccinated can not only protect you, but it can protect your family, loved ones, and others who may be at a higher risk of complications.” said Dr. Elizabeth Tilson, State Health Director and Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services.
Should I Really Get A Flu Shot?
Yes. With Fall 2018 already here, the Sona team would also like to stress the importance of getting your flu shot this season.
Last week, the Buncombe County Medical Director confirmed that an individual has already passed away due to the flu this season.
A patient asked one of our pharmacists recently, “If the flu shot works, why do I need to get one every year? That’s not the case for other vaccines.”
That is a great question! Please check out this TED Ed video that explains exactly how characteristics of the flu virus make it important to receive your shot annually.
If you are curious about where the flu is currently spreading, the Flu Near You interactive map is a great resource as well.
Viewers are able to sort CDC verified data of where the flu is spreading currently, or view where individuals are self-reporting flu symptoms. The CDC data is more reliable, but the self-reported data can give you a broad idea of the flu activity near you also.
In preparation for this flu season, please be sure to stop by Sona Pharmacy + Clinic, or your local pharmacy, to get your flu shot. We are here to help!
If you have other questions about the flu vaccine, please take a look at our recent blog post, or give us a call at 828-298-3636.