Fall is here, and as the weather cools off, flu season heats up. After a particularly bad flu season in Australia, officials warn that could foretell what’s ahead for the U.S.
Influenza is a respiratory infection that can cause serious complications, particularly in young children, older adults and people with certain medical conditions. Getting a flu shot — though not 100% effective — is the best way to prevent the misery of the flu and its complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months or older be vaccinated annually against the flu.
On this Mayo Clinic Radio program segment, Dr. Gregory Poland, director of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, talks about the upcoming flu season, the importance of good hand-washing techniques, and the potential for a universal flu vaccine.