As reports of deaths due to seasonal flu start to trickle in—eg, Iowa and California just announced their first flu-related fatalities of the season—patients on the fence about getting vaccinated may be moved to head to the urgent care center for a shot. Not coincidentally, some clinics are already expanding their hours to meet what is expected to be increased demand. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention views the flu “season” as lasting from October through May, but it reaches its peak between December and February. So far, the CDC reports that this year’s version of the vaccine appears to be a good match for the prevalent strain of influenza.
Early Flu Deaths May Stoke Vaccinations