A report out by the CDC this week found that people between 18 and 64 years old make up 61% of all flu-related hospitalizations so far this season in the US. In normal years only about 35% of flu hospitalizations are from this age group. H1N1 (the flu strain we saw circulating in the 2009 flu pandemic) is still the main culprit. H1N1 is included in this year’s vaccine, so people who got vaccinated will be protected from the flu in most cases. People who’ve been vaccinated with the flu shot this year are 61% less likely to have to go to the doctor according to today’s report.
Influenza is still widespread In Arizona. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, you may need to call around to find whether a healthcare provider or pharmacy near you still has vaccine in stock. Remember to get your shot early next season so you’re protected for the entire flu season. Visit stopthespreadaz.org to find a shot.