The kids are back in school, the trees have turned orange, and football is back on TV every Monday. That means it’s the fall season, the hopefully lovely time of year where we transition from a hot Middletown summer to cold winter. Unfortunately, the fall season can also mean the spread of the flu virus. How worried should you be about flu season? Ultimately you should consult your personal physician or doctor Middletown or otherwise.
How Serious is This Year’s Flu?
The CDC releases data about the flu every year. Unfortunately, even the CDC is unable to predict exactly what each year’s flu season will be like. This is because it varies every single year in terms of the timing, strength, and length of the season. However, new viruses often appear each year, so it is important to be prepared for them. In fact, the U.S.. experiences several of what are considered flu epidemics every year. Typically, flu activity ramps up in the fall and peaks in the winter, although it is usually very difficult to predict.
Who is Most Affected?
Many people go without reporting the flu each year, so it can be difficult to determine actual numbers of those infected. However, the CDC has been able to put estimates of those who have become ill by the flu between 9.2 million and 35.6 million people. The number of those that end up dying is similarly tough to determine;however they can be estimated to be as high as 56,000 people like the estimate from the 2012-2013 season. It is recommended that nearly everyone should get a flu vaccine each year in order to protect both themselves and those around them. At the same time, there are certain groups of people that are at an even higher risk of the flu. These include children under the age of 5, adults that are 65 years old and older, pregnant women, and those with preexistent medical conditions including liver or kidney disease, diseases or conditions that affect the immune system, and even asthma.
Even if you choose not to get vaccinated or have a child that is too young, there are still steps for you to take to minimize your own risk and the risk of others. It’s important to stay away from sick people and to always wash your hands in order to minimize germs. Additionally, if you or your children contract the flu, it’s advisable to stay home from work or school in order to further limit the spread of the virus.
Contact your doctor, Middletown and the Hudson Valley are not immune to the flu any more than any other community.