Don’t Spread Flu, Spread Cheer in this Holiday Gathering

Don’t Spread Flu, Spread Cheer  in this Holiday Gathering

Holiday get-together is great fun. One gets a chance to have fun with family and friends, but one must make sure that you are not spreading flu infection.

Flu is highly communicable, even a healthy person has chances of catching the infection from an infected person. Immunization is the best thing people can do to guard themselves and their families against the flu.

Nigel Turner, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department's communicable disease division director, says, "We are already starting to see influenza cases in Pierce County, so if you haven't already done so, now is a great time to get your flu shot".

Flu vaccines are offered at many places including health care professional's offices, pharmacies, and some local health agencies.

As per Turner, when more and more people are give vaccinations against the virus, chances of catching infection by week people such as infants, the elderly and immune-compromised persons also decreases.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests to take a yearly flu vaccination to everyone who is of six months and older. Some children who are less than nine years may need two doses about a month apart.

Getting a flu shot is particularly important for people who are at high-risk. Such a group includes children, people belonging to an age group of 65 years and older, pregnant women and those with chronic conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and neurologic conditions.