While incidents of flu are detected year-round, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu viruses are most active during the fall and winter. The exact timing can vary from year to year, but flu activity usually begins to increase in October. According to the federal government nearly 80,000 Americans died of flu and related complications last winter. This represented the highest flu-related death toll in forty years. Not only did the nation experience more deaths, the flu put more people in the hospital particularly young children and the elderly.
According to the CDC, flu shots are still the most effective way to prevent this illness. The shots are recommended for everyone ages six months or older. Consult your doctor for further information and/or learn more in Riverside County visit http://www.rivcoph.org/SearchResults.aspx?Search=fluor. In San Bernardino County visit wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/2018/free-flu-shots/.