Sep 15, 2014 4:30 PM

Author: Office of Public Affairs

Flu season is around the corner, and by now you’ve probably seen signs at your doctor’s office, the grocery store or your place of work encouraging you to get a flu shot. If you’re on the fence, here are some vital numbers to keep in mind.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says early fall is the ideal time to get a flu shot. It’s difficult to predict when the flu will arrive, but it can begin as early as October and continue as late as May. Flu activity commonly peaks in January or February, and the flu shot will protect most healthy people throughout the season.

Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk for developing flu complications that can lead to hospitalization and even death. The high-risk group includes children under five (especially younger than two), pregnant women, adults over 65, and people with medical conditions such as asthma and heart disease.

In addition to getting a flu shot, you can take further steps to avoid the flu. Stay away from sick people. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. And wash your hands frequently, especially before you eat.

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