While the talk around the world has been focusing on the Coronavirus, Influenza still remains a big problem for many people during the winter months. According to the Center for Disease Control, between October 1st and January 25th, there have been between 19 and 26 million flu illnesses. There have been over 8 million flu doctor visits, over 180,000 flu hospitalizations and between 10,000 and 25,000 deaths due to flu-related illnesses. Dr. Mike Queary, Emergency Room Manager, with HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, talks about ways that you can prevent getting the flu and it all starts from getting the flu shot.
Queary says if your kids are sick, keep them home and to not share drinks or silverware.
Queary says that while nothing is 100% effective against the flu, the flu shot is still your best method for fighting influenza.
For more information or to get the flu vaccine, contact your local physician.