Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. The Center for Disease Control estimates that flu-related hospitalizations, since 2010, ranged from 140,000 to 710,000, while flu-related deaths are estimated to have ranged from 12,00 to 56,000. During flu season, flu viruses circulate at higher levels in the US population. “Flu Season” in the US can begin as early as October and as late as May. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.
For your convenience, Rite-Aid Pharmacy will be here at St. Isidore before and after all masses on Saturday, September 16, and Sunday, September 17 to administer flu vaccine (for a fee) to anyone interested. No pre-registration is need, just show up!