Across the United States of America, the flu epidemic has become a widespread problem amongst people of all ages. Seniors, especially, are a venerable population when it comes to flu season, so the proper prevention is especially vital for them.
Ensuring your elderly family member or loved one is safeguarded against this epidemic is important, as the CDC has already reported a worse flu season this year than we’ve experienced in a while. Boston, Massachusetts has already declared a state of emergency due to a dangerously high number of confirmed flu cases, and the flu season has begun earlier than it has in nearly a decade. They are also saying that one of the most at-risk age groups is seniors aged 65 and older.
Has your senior loved one gotten their flu shot? Chances are, if they have insurance, they will be able to get a free flu shot at their doctor’s office, or at many pharmacies in their area. CVS and Walgreens are offering free flu shots on a walk-in basis, but experts are saying there may be a run on vaccines, so don’t be surprised if you have to visit more than one pharmacy. However, it is said that there is enough vaccine for everyone, so anyone who wants to be vaccinated can do so.
For locations near you at which to get your Flu Vaccine, visit: http://flushot.healthmap.org/
To see the data regarding spread of the flu, you can check out this map from the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/usmap.htm
For more information about the importance of flu shots for seniors, you can read more here: http://rescuealertofca.com/its-time-again-to-think-about-flu-shots