While the news covers the coronavirus COVID-19, influenza is still circulating in most parts of the U.S. It has caused an estimated 310,000 hospitalizations and 18,000 deaths so far this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Seniors are a vulnerable population that easily catches the flu. People 65 years and older are at higher risk of severe complications from the flu compared with young. It is critical for seniors to keep up with flu shots each year and keep track of flu risk in the area. 

Did you know apps, like The Weather Channel App, show flu and allergen levels? Stay ahead of the game by washing hands frequently, regularly seeing the doctor, keeping up with medications, and avoiding those who are sick. The CDC also recommends avoiding touching your eyes and mouth, “Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.”

Strong health habits and prevention are key to avoiding the flu, even if you have received your annual shot.

In 2020, two strains of the flu have been floating around. Doctors and the CDC are urging anyone that hasn’t rolled up their sleeves for the flu shot at getting one immediately. The flu shot not only prevents the flu but can lessen the severity if caught.

The CDC’s website shared, “Flu activity is high in the U.S. and expected to continue for weeks.” The CDC also suggests that anyone who is high risk for serious flu illness should seek medical attention immediately and receive flu antiviral drugs if they start showing symptoms.

Don’t wait to see your doctor if you start feeling ill.