Influenza (flu) is a contagious upper respiratory virus that can cause mild to severe illness depending on the initial health of the patient. While the flu can be detected year round, peak “flu season” tends to run from December to March. A flu shot is of utmost importance to decrease the prevalence and severity of the disease.
Be aware of how serious the flu can be
Myth: The flu isn’t serious so there is no point in getting a flu shot.
Fact: Approximately 4,600 people died from the flu — or complications from the flu — in 2015.
You can’t count on others being vaccinated to protect you
Myth: Most adults with asthma get the flu shot every year.