The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) second annual National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is Nov. 26 to Dec. 2. If you have not yet gotten a shot, it is not too late! Flu season usually peaks in January or February.
Every year in the United States on average 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the flu, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications and about 36,000 people die from the flu.
Older people, young people and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious flu complications. Those complications may include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. It is spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with the flu. People may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.