SHREWSBURY, Mass. — In light of the Centers for Disease Control warnings of increased influenza activity, the Shrewsbury Board of Health is urging residents to get vaccinated against the flu.
According to the Shrewsbury board, "The best way to protect yourself from getting sick is by getting vaccinated, even if you got the flu shot last year."
The CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older receive a flu vaccine every year. About 5,000 people in Massachusetts are hospitalized every year with complications from the flu, and about 800 die, according to the board.
The board urges the following precautions to help stop the spread of the flu:
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand gel.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Get a seasonal flu shot. This is especially important if you are pregnant; have a chronic health condition like asthma, diabetes or heart disease, are immuno-suppressed, are very overweight or are 50 years of age or older.
Children younger than 5 are at a higher risk of complications if they get the flu. Those with frequent contact with children 5 and younger also are urged to get vaccinated.
Check with your health care provider or local pharmacy, or click here, to find out where to get vaccinated.