In recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week which is December 8th-14th, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein remind residents that it is not too late to get a flu shot.
“National Influenza Vaccination Week provides an excellent opportunity to remind our residents of the importance of getting an annual flu vaccination,” said County Executive Mangano. "The single best way for people to protect not only themselves against flu, but their loved ones as well, is to get vaccinated against the flu every year."
“A yearly Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone six months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza disease,” said Dr. Eisenstein. “Influenza activity can be unpredictable and differ from year to year, typically peaking in February but continuing through May.”
In the United States, on average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications. Rates of serious illness and death are highest among persons older than 65 years of age, children younger than 5 years and persons of any age who have medical conditions that place them at increased risk for complications from seasonal influenza.
County Executive Mangano and Health Commissioner Eisenstein remind residents to take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of influenza and other germs.
For additional information about influenza and the influenza vaccine visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/flu