Flu Season is Here

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as of late December, all national key flu indicators are elevated and about half of the country is experiencing high flu activity. Flu activity is expected to continue into the coming weeks, with increases occurring especially in those states that have not yet had significant activity.  There are early indications that this season may be severe, especially for people aged 65 years and older and young children.

Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. between December and February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.  This season, activity began increasing in early December, and as of the end of December it continues to increase in the United States.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.  As long as flu viruses are circulating in the community, it’s not too late to get vaccinated.  Flu shots may be obtained through certain physician offices and pharmacies.  Falk Pharmacy Falk Pharmacy is also offering flu shots on a walk-in basis during normal business hours while supplies last.

The University of Pittsburgh encourages all members of the University community to be proactive in preventing the spread of the flu.  The University’s Public Safety Department, in conjunction with UPMC Health Plan, offers ways in which individuals can protect themselves, and others, against the flu.  In addition, please visit the CDC's website, for comprehensive information on the prevention and symptoms of the seasonal flu, including detailed information on the flu vaccine.