Flu season officially starts on Friday according to medical experts, and although there’s no widespread flu pandemic underway, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all Americans over 6 months old get the flu shot.
Reports indicate the 2010-2011 influenza season will be kind of different this year. The H1N1 “swine flu” that sickened loads of children and adults last year will still take effect,. This will be joined by two additional flu viruses more common in seasons in the past. These are the H3N2 and Influenza B strains.
Americans with or without insurance can be given the shot. Sources reveal that 165 million doses are expected to be ready nationwide, compared to only 144 million last year.
If you’re not fond of needles, no worries, a nasal spray is also available and it protects against the same three flu strains. According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), the nasal spray is safe for anyone between the ages 2 and 49.
Be healthy and take precautions!