Health officials are strongly urging everyone who has not yet received a flu shot to get one. Although the cases of influenza are nowhere near the levels of last year, they stress that now is not the time to be complacent. There are signs that the flu is spreading across the country, espeically in the south east where more than 20% of the flu tests came back positive. That’s compared to nearly 11% nationally.
Today kicks off national influenza vaccination week so health officials are highlighting the importance of getting immunized especailly during the winter peak. It is recommended that anyone older than 6 months old receive the vaccine unless there’s a medical contraindication. Last year, the flu killed more than 12,00 people nationwide.