And the season before (2017-2018) broke records for flu-related deaths and hospitalizations.
Flu patterns change from year to year, but one thing is constant: doctors recommend you get a flu shot between now and early November.
The flu is more dangerous for some people
Anyone can get the flu, but some people have a higher-risk of developing complications. They include:
- Adults 65 or older
- Pregnant women
- Young children (especially under the age of 2)
- People living with chronic conditions, including heart disease, asthma, diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS, and certain neurologic conditions in children
You may not fall into one of those “high risk” categories. But chances are you come in contact with someone who does.
Tips for flu prevention
The CDC offers tips to help prevent the flu at home, at work, and at school. They include:
- Get a flu shot. The CDC suggests everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot.
- Wash your hands often. If you don’t have soap and water, use a hand sanitizer with alcohol. You can carry a bottle in your bag or keep one on your desk.
- Clean and sanitize frequently-touched surfaces at home, work, or school, especially if someone is sick.
- Practice good healthy habits. Make sure you get enough sleep, stay hydrated, eat a balanced diet, and stay physically active.
- If you are sick, stay home. The best way to prevent the spreading of germs is to avoid contact with others.
Mark your calendars, get your flu shot!
Over half of our members surveyed said they get their flu shots in October.* Research shows that you should, too. Here’s how:
- Call your doctor’s office for an appointment.
- Walk into a pharmacy near you. Bring your ConnectiCare member ID card. You can search for local pharmacies here.
- Sign up for a flu shot clinic at work.
*Results of an online survey fielded by email between 8/22/18-8/28/18 to adult women and men who are ConnectiCare members. Demographics: 139 members completed the survey; two-thirds female and one-third male; 27% ages 21-49 and 73% ages 50+.