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 and its clinics offer the flu vaccine to patients and community residents over six month of age during the flu season (Oct-Mar) every year.
Patients at San Antonio Regional Hospital received the vaccine 98% of the time compared with 94% for the State of California and 93% for the U.S.
The Center of Disease Control (CDC) recommends three actions you can take to help prevent the flu:
From the CDC Website
Influenza vaccination coverage estimates for persons 6 months and older by state, Health and Human Services (HHS) region, and the United States, National Immunization Survey-Flu (NIS-Flu) and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2010-11 through 2017-18 influenza seasons
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