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Get Vaccinated This Flu Season
Updated November 2019
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Flu season is underway, and there's still time to get your flu vaccine.
Influenza is a contagious viral respiratory illness spread by coughing, sneezing or close contact with an infected person. Though flu season typically peaks between December and February, flu activity can begin to increase in October and run as late as May. The severity of the flu can range from mild to serious cases that lead to hospitalization or even death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as many as 42.9 million people had the flu and up to 61,200 people died due to the flu between October 2018 and last May. Flu activity remained at high levels longer last season than in the previous few years.
Johns Hopkins experts recommend that everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine every year. “The vaccine is one of the best ways to not only protect yourself, but also to safeguard our patients, visitors, co-workers and loved ones as well,” says Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H., senior director of infection prevention for the Johns Hopkins Health System and CEPAR’s senior adviser and subject matter expert for infectious disease, epidemiology and public health. “The flu vaccine can prevent you from catching the flu or reduce the severity if you do get sick.”
“In order to combat the flu, we encourage everyone to get vaccinated now so that you will be immune in time for the moment flu starts to circulate,” Maragakis says. “Practicing standard infection prevention tactics like washing hands and staying home when sick will also help prevent the spread of the flu.”
For more information about this year’s flu vaccination campaign at your respective entity at Johns Hopkins, visit one of the following sites below. For sites not listed, please check with your organization for clinic details.
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