Peak Flu

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Flu season is taking off in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s flu expert Dr. Joe Bresee.

“Everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu each and every year. This is especially important for people at high risk of complications or severe flu should they get infected.”

But Bresee warns that this season’s vaccine may not work as well against some current viruses, so he reminds people about the use of antiviral drugs to treat flu illness.

Like vaccination, antiviral treatment is especially important in people at higher risk from flu including kids younger than 5, people 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with health problems such as heart, lung, kidney or immune system disease.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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