Are you and your family protected from the influenza virus? The CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October, but says that you can still get your flu vaccination throughout the flu season to protect yourself and those around you. The flu season peaks between December and March, but can go through May, so it is crucial to be protected from most strains of the virus at all times throughout the season. The virus can also infect EVERYONE, not just those with a weakened immune system. While it does not keep you from getting the flu, it does lessen your symptoms if you happen to catch the virus and prevents severe complications that can occur without the vaccination. The most severe cases can lead to hospitalization and even death. We and the CDC encourage you to take every step possible to protect yourself this flu season by washing your hands frequently, avoiding close contact with those infected, taking antiviral drugs if prescribed, and getting your flu shot! Flu vaccinations are available at all 4 of our locations and the self pay rate is $30 if you do not have insurance. Stay protected and healthy this flu season!