CARLISLE, PA (November 15, 2012) – It’s that time of year: the weather is getting colder, and the sound of coughing is on the rise. In many areas of the United States, including Pennsylvania, the “official” flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May.
Children and seniors can be particularly vulnerable to the flu. On average, 20,000 children under the age of five are hospitalized each year due to flu complications nationwide. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths and more than 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations occur each year in the U.S. among those aged 65 years and older.
Some preventative care options to avoid the flu include:
Additional tips to help keep you, your child, and others healthy during flu season: