It's Not Too Late To Get A Flu Shot
With the cold weather upon us, New Jersey Health and Senior Services Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D. encourages all residents to be vaccinated against seasonal influenza, which each year leads to an estimated 36,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations in the U.S.
Influenza can have serious complications, especially for older people, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions. 'Protect yourself and your loved ones with the best protection available, flu vaccine,' Dr. Jacobs said.
During National Influenza Vaccination Week, November 26 to December 2, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is drawing attention to the importance of continued seasonal flu vaccination through the months of November, December and beyond. 'We know that many people get their flu shots early in the season,' Dr. Jacobs said, 'but getting vaccinated in January still offers protection.'
Vaccine supply levels this year are unprecedented.' According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 132 million doses' 10 million more than ever ' have been produced by licensed manufacturers in the U.S. this season.'
Vaccinations are recommended for all individuals who want to decrease the risk of influenza. Many groups, including people aged 50 years and older, people with chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, and pregnant women are at a higher risk for complications from influenza. In addition, health care workers and caregivers of high risk individuals are also at increased risk and should get vaccinated.
The CDC now recommends that all children age 6 to 59 months be vaccinated as they are considered at higher risk for complications and hospitalization.
Along with vaccination, you can reduce the risk of being infected with influenza by washing your hands frequently and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. To reduce the spread of infection, stay home when you are sick, and cover coughs and sneezes.' 'As the holidays approach and social gatherings are scheduled, making these simple precautions routine will help keep everyone healthier,' Dr. Jacobs said.