Date: September 1, 2013
The main way that influenza viruses are thought to spread is from person to person in respiratory droplets of coughs and sneezes.
- Approximately 5% to 20% of U.S. residents get the flu, and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications each year.
- Between 1976 and 2006, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States went from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000.
- Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after becoming sick.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The vaccine will be available starting in late September. Check with your local OHS office for dates and times that you can get your flu shot. Visit hopkinsmedicine.org/mandatoryflu and click on your location for times and availability.