Have you gotten your
flu shot yet? If not, it’s not too late to make a quick visit to your community
hospital in San Jose. Influenza can be a serious illness and health experts
say the current flu season is particularly concerning. As cases of Influenza
A (H3N2) viruses continue to rise, getting vaccinated becomes increasingly
important. If you do develop severe flu symptoms this year, you can find
the emergency care you need at Regional Medical Center of San Jose.
Flu activity fluctuates, but is generally most prevalent in the U.S. between
December and March. Many people contract the flu earlier or later than
this peak period. For the 2016 to 2017 flu season, the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified four viruses that research suggests will be most
troublesome this year.
The CDC recommends that everyone ages six months and older receive an
annual flu shot, with the exception of certain people who have medical
conditions that interfere. In previous years, some patients had the option
of using the inhaled mist vaccine, but the CDC is recommending against
its use for this flu season due to concerns about its effectiveness. Instead,
consider getting the conventional flu shot if you haven’t already
done so. The flu shot is particularly important for people with a high
risk of flu complications, including young children, the elderly, patients
with compromised immune systems, and patients with certain chronic diseases.
It’s also a good idea for individuals who work with at-risk populations
to get an annual flu shot to protect the community.
In addition to getting an annual flu shot, there are some simple ways
you can keep your family out of the hospital this season. Wash your hands
frequently and ask your family members to do the same. Disinfect surfaces
that are frequently touched, such as doorknobs, remote controls, and phones.
When your family is in need of emergency care near San Jose, you can always
count on the team at
Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our highly-trained ER physicians strive to maintain ER wait times that
are consistently below the national average. You can reach a registered
nurse to ask non-emergent questions by calling (888) 762-8881.