IMPORTANT: Flu Season Udate

Recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Influenza is increasing in severity lately in the United States. The flu vaccine this year is a good match for the flu virus that has been circulating, and the CDC has an important message to share:

  • Influenza activity and reports of severe cases of the flu are increasing.
  • Recent reports of severe respiratory illness among young to middle-aged adults with flu virus infection, some requiring intensive care hospitalization or resulting in death, have been reported.
  • Persons who have not yet received their flu shot for the 2015-2016 school year should get their flu vaccination now. It is not too late
  • All persons with influenza-like illness who are at high risk for influenza complications should seek care promptly to determine if treatment with influenza antiviral medications is warranted.

Persons at higher risk for influenza complications:

  • Children younger than 2 years
  • Adults aged 65 years and older
  • Persons with chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension alone), renal, hepatic, hematological (including sickle cell disease), metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus), or neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions (including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy [seizure disorders], stroke, intellectual disability [mental retardation], moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury)
  • Persons with immunosuppression, including those caused by medications or by HIV infection
  • Women who are pregnant or postpartum (within 2 weeks after delivery)
  • Persons aged younger than 19 years who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
  • American Indians/Alaska Natives
  • Persons who are morbidly obese (i.e. body-mass index is equal to or greater than 40)
  • Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities.