In recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week, December 4-10, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein remind residents that it is not too late to get a flu shot.
“National Influenza Vaccination Week provides an important opportunity to remind our residents of the importance of getting an annual flu vaccination,” said County Executive Mangano. “Getting vaccinated is the single best way for people to protect not only themselves against the flu, but their loved ones as well.”
“Influenza virus is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death,” said Dr. Eisenstein. “Influenza virus can be unpredictable and differ from year to year which is why it’s important to get vaccinated annually. With very few exceptions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu shot.”
There are certain people who are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications that can lead to hospitalization or even death. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease, and people aged 65 years and older.
County Executive Mangano and Health Commissioner Eisenstein remind residents to take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of influenza and other germs.
For additional information about influenza and the influenza vaccine visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/flu