Anyone Can Get the Flu, but the Disease Is More Severe for Some People. Most people who get influenza will recover in a few days to less than 2 weeks, but some people will develop life-threatening complications (such as pneumonia) as a result of the flu. Millions of people in the United States — about 5% to 20% of U.S. residents — will get influenza each year. An average of about 36,000 people per year in the United States die from influenza, and more than 200,000 have to be admitted to the hospital as a result of influenza. Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people), and serious problems from influenza can happen at any age. People age 65 years and older, people of any age with chronic medical conditions, and very young children are more likely to get complications from influenza. Pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus and ear infections are three examples of complications from flu. The flu can make chronic health problems worse. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu, and people with chronic congestive heart failure may have worsening of this condition that is triggered by the flu.
Influenza is a contagious disease, and for that fact alone, everyone is encouraged to receive a flu vaccine. Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice will be presenting flu clinics starting in October.
Following are the times and places to receive flu vaccine:
Tuftonboro – Town Hall – October 14, 11am-12:00Noon
Alton – Community Center-October 14, 1:00pm to 2:30 pm
Belmont – Belmont Senior Center – October 15, 11:00am to 12:00 Noon
Sandwich – Doris Benz Center – October 15 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Wolfeboro – Wolfeboro Congregational Church – October 17, 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Clinics are able to bill the following insurances: Medicare Part B, Medicaid, Harvard Pilgrim and Anthem Blue Cross. Otherwise it will cost $25.00.