People have all sorts of reasons for not getting a flu shot each year—there aren’t any clinics nearby, some people may hate needles, others aren’t sure if it’s worth it, some people may be afraid it’s unsafe, many may not have time, and most of us just plain forget.
According to the CDC’s Flu View report from the week of Nov. 23, seasonal influenza activity continues to increase, but the number of cases vary by region. Widespread infection was reported in many of the southeastern states such as Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana.
Pneumonia is one of the most common complications that can occur as a result of the flu. The condition can become very serious and even life-threatening. Each year, pneumonia causes over a million hospitalizations and more 50,000 deaths in the United States.
From 1404 to the middle of the 19th century, 31 flu epidemics were recorded, including eight large-scale pandemics, which killed millions of people and highlighted a need for international cooperation on public health. Cooperation began with the first International Sanitary Conference, held in 1851.