The current influenza (flu) season could be one of the worst in years and is expected to last for at least several more weeks. This is of particular concern for adults living with heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes—for whom flu can be serious and even deadly.
So far this flu season, there have been at least 9.7 million flu illnesses, 87,000 hospitalizations, and 4,800 deaths from flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
CDC advises that it is not too late to get vaccinated. For adults with certain chronic health conditions, annual flu vaccination is just as important to their health as smoking cessation, exercise, or taking prescribed medications. The flu can be deadly for adults with certain chronic health conditions—annual vaccination is the best defense to help protect yourself!