It's not too early to consider getting your flu shot

Shara Dae Howard
August 27, 2018 - 4:26 pm



PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's National Immunization Week, and with flu season quickly approaching, it's not too early to consider getting your flu shot now.

Albert Rizzo, senior medical adviser for the American Lung Association, said though viruses can be detected year-round, they are the most common during fall and winter.

"It's important to get vaccinated for seasonal flu, and if they're in a risk group certainly it is more important," he said. "Raising awareness and trying to get people to prevent a disease is certainly much better than having them get the disease and then have to treat them."

He noted people who have underlying lung disease, as well as people with asthma, are more likely to get the flu. Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have eight times a greater risk of having influenza outcomes.

Flu season begins in October and lasts until February.

"Influenza is an important disease to prevent because it does kill people," Rizzo noted. "[About] 40,000 to 50,000 adults in the United States are susceptible and can die from complications of influenza."