Anyone can get the flu at any age, even if you are healthy. Related complications include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.
Some people are at greater risk for serious complications related to flu.
People age 65 and older.
Young children (especially age 2 and under).
Pregnant women (and up to 2 weeks postpartum).
Residents in nursing homes and long term care facilities.
People with chronic conditions such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes and extreme obesity among others.
Individuals with weakened immune systems due to conditions such as HIV/AIDS or cancer.
The most important step in preventing flu is to get a flu vaccination each year.
In Washington County, Maryland, you can receive a 2017-2018 flu vaccine by visiting your primary healthcare provider or some local pharmacies, urgent care or community clinics. Enter your zip code into the Flu Vaccine Finder below.
You can also protect yourself from getting the flu by staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and washing your hands often to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu.
Lupine Creative Consulting, Inc. is committed to preventing influenza and protecting the health of individuals by developing, evaluating and improving public health programs to meet specific community needs.