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Influenza (Flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. About 5%-20% of people in the U.S. contract the flu each year. The flu usually has an abrupt beginning with fever, cough, sore throat, and muscle aches. Young children and the elderly are especially vulnerable. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death.
San Antonio Regional Hospital (SARH) and its clinics offer the flu vaccine to patients and community residents over six months of age during the flu season (Oct-Mar) every year.
How are we doing and how do we compare with the U.S. benchmark?
Patients at San Antonio Regional Hospital received the vaccine 91% of the time compared with 79% for the State of California and 76% for the U.S.
What you can do:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says you should take three (3) actions to prevent the flu:
- Take time to get a flu vaccine
- Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs
- Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them
For additional resources and information, please visit The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)