Natasha Lovato / NewsBreak Denver
(Douglas County, Colo.) DougCo officials and the Center for Disease Control urge residents to get flu vaccines before the holiday season.
The CDC recommends people get their annual flu shots in September and October. Experts urge people to get shots by Oct. 31 since it takes two weeks for antibodies to develop following vaccination.
DougCo officials encourage residents meet the Oct. 31 deadline to boost their immune systems before the holiday season. People who are vulnerable to serious flu illness, such as infants, pregnant women, young children, seniors, and those with certain chronic health conditions should get vaccines.
A 2018 study by the CDC determined that from 2012-2015, flu vaccination among adults reduced the risk of being admitted to an ICU with the flu by 82%.
The CDC also determined that the flu vaccine can prevent millions of illnesses and flu-related doctor’s visits each year and during 2019-2020, the flu vaccination prevented an estimated 7.5 million influenza illnesses.