Seniors are especially at risk from flu complications
As many as 20 percent of U.S. residents get the flu each year; of this number, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 people die from flu-related complications, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Seniors are especially susceptible to suffering severe complications from the flu.
The CDC estimates that nine out of 10 flu-related deaths and 60 percent of flu-related hospitalizations occur within the senior population. And even though the common cold is usually mild, it is a leading cause of doctor visits and missed days from school and work. According to some estimates, Americans suffer about 1 billion colds annually.
The flu, as well as the common cold, are highly contagious respiratory illnesses and outbreaks occur when the weather gets cold. Read more