"During National Influenza Vaccination Week, get your annual flu vaccine", Pelletier said.
This year, Rite Aid is once again teaming up with Dr. Jennifer Caudle, a nationally renowned health expert and practicing family physician, to raise awareness about the importance of getting vaccinated.
Most women know that when pregnant, you share everything with your baby.
Kris Box says although influenza activity remains at minimal levels, the virus can still cause illness and even death. The vaccine also is egg free so it can be given to adults who have an egg allergy.
The CDC estimates that roughly 49 million people in the USA were diagnosed with the flu leading to more than 960,000 hospitalizations and at least 79,000 deaths past year.
The disease spreads through coughing and sneezing with symptoms that can include high fever, chills, headaches, exhaustion, sore throat, cough and body aches.
Influenza antiviral drugs can be a second line of defense for treatment of some who get sick with the flu.
Statistics show that during this period, the number of influenza cases decreased by 71 per cent. They are also available without an appointment at many pharmacy-based clinics.
Moreover, flu shots can be administered any time during pregnancy.
Remember, the flu vaccine can protect not only you, but everyone around you. This method is not recommended for heart disease patients or anyone with an elevated risk and is not widely used today.
If you haven't received a flu shot yet, it's not too late. But if you've been too busy, don't count yourself out. "Therefore, the effectiveness of influenza vaccination to prevent ICU admissions or death among the total people in hospital for influenza was of 23%, and in particular, 44 % for the group of people aged 65" or more. "It might be the most important gift you give yourself and those around you this holiday season".