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It’s Not Too Late To Take Precautions Against The Flu; The Threat Of Infection Can Last Several Additional Months, says AMAC

flu sickness precaution illness WASHINGTON, DC – The flu can be uncomfortable, at best, but it can also be deadly.  According to the Centers for Disease Control [CDC] so far this season there more than 13 million people have been sick with flu, at least 5,900,000 people have been to the doctor because of flu, more than 120,000 people [not 120 million] have been hospitalized because of flu and more than 6,600 have died.”

Dan Weber, president of the senior advocacy organization, the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC], is advising its membership and older Americans, at large, to get a flu shot if you haven’t already done so.

“It’s not too late.  The flu season is not over yet and the CDC says it can last for several more months,” Weber warns.  He points out that 53% of flu victims are 65 years old or older, noting that Medicare covers 100% of the cost..

“Even if your physician does not take Medicare, there are alternatives.  Most drug stores, particularly the major pharmacy chains, including CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid, offer Medicare-covered flu shots.  And, free or low-cost shots are available at local clinics and public health facilities.”

Weber adds, if you or someone in your family does come down with the flu, take precautions by following guidelines recommended by the CDC:

In addition to vaccination and appropriate use of antiviral drugs, CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs.

  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.

About AMAC

The 2 million member Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC] [https://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital senior advocacy organization that takes its marching orders from its members. We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests and offering a practical insight on how to best solve the problems they face today. Live long and make a difference by joining us today at https://amac.us/join-amac.

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Michael Nielsen
6 months ago

Flu shots have such a poor record of effectiveness that they are nearly useless. This article does not mention the many adverse effects that vaccination for flu can cause. The influenza vaccinations are responsible for more serious adverse reactions and deaths than all other vaccinations combined. This is their record in the National Vaccination Injury Program commonly called the “vaccine court” is proof where more than $4 billion has been paid out for victims of adverse reactions. AMAC should mention this and should promote informed consent. Rarely to people understand the risks.

Marie Dennehy
6 months ago

I’m disappointed that you are following the “party line” when it comes to flu shots. You should do some research before encouraging people to get immunizations with a proven detrimental effect on senior’s health.

Kathy Crowley
6 months ago

Totally agree with Michael Nielsen, he’s right on! No flu shots here.

6 months ago

Do some real research to find out the truth. Less than 3% of all people getting the flu vaccine get any benefit and this year, it is thought that the vaccine does not align with the actual flu virus that is out there! Vaccines are a hugh money maker for pharmaceutical companies and health care professionals. The potential side effects can be life changing and most of these vaccines contain mercury or formaldehyde. Neither of these belong in ones body. I am surprise at the Amac for not doing its homework. I hope they are not getting their information from… Read more »

6 months ago

Quit pushing this flu vaccine nonsense!!! If people would just take care of themselves, keep their immune systems strong, and eat right, no vaccine is necessary! Vaccines carry risks of their own and should not be pushed to the public. At 84 and 76, my husband and I have never had a flu shot, nor do we ever intend to, and we don’t get the flu. We have witnessed many people get the flu after having the shot, and anyway, it’s a shot in the dark as to what strain there will be, so most of the time it’s ineffective.… Read more »

6 months ago

Very disappointed in this article. Never mentions how many have life long side effects or are dead from the flu shot. I will take my chances on getting the flu.

6 months ago

It’s always their best guess at which flu strains will hit in a particular year. Last year, the effectiveness of the flu shot was somewhere around 17%.

Do you know what’s in that flu shot? Don’t know about anyone else but I don’t want any unknown substances injected into my body.

Keep your immune system in top shape, wash your hands raw, disinfect surfaces (doorknobs, shopping carts, etc.) and stay away from obviously sick people.

Good luck!

Pat R
6 months ago

I had all the childhood diseases including whooping cough. I believe that’s a major reason I’ve been blessed with good health all my adult life. The only time I got the flu was when I decided to get the flu shot as precaution because my husband had emphysema. I got the flu (for first time since 12 years old) that turned into bronchitis. How’s that for flu shots protecting us? I’ve not gotten the shot since nor have I had the flu since. That was 14 years ago.

Lawrence Greenberg
6 months ago

For those who are unaware, let me enlighten you. For many years now, the CDC has been nothing more than the marketing arm of Big Pharma, pushing vaccines and medications for them regardless of the efficacy of the vaccines/medications or the adverse effects of their use. In addition, in order to “scare” the public about the flu and push the use of the almost worthless yet very dangerous flu vaccine, they overreport the number of flu cases and flu deaths every year. They do this by telling doctors that if a patient exhibits any of the symptoms of the flu,… Read more »

6 months ago

I’m in my 60s. Have never had a flu shot and have never had the flu…. until THIS winter. Was very sick for 3 days, the first day was the worst. STILL won’t get a flu shot.

Don Blackert
6 months ago

Somebody please proofread before publishing. First paragraph – 13 million have been sick with the flu and 120 million have been hospitalized.

The Freezing Senior
6 months ago

Better start worrying about the Coronavirus . . . and what you are NOT being told about it.

GBA/KAG TRUMP2020 – Deus Vult !

6 months ago

Here we go again AMAC…no to flu shots…it’s all about the $…not sure why AMAC keeps promoting a failed and ineffective shot.

Irv C
6 months ago

What I’ve heard all my life is you take greater risk WITH a flu shot than the risk of contracting the flu. I’m 67 and have never had a flu shot. I’ve had the flu once in the last 25 years.
I’ve even read evidence that the flu has side effects as deadly if not more so than the flu.
I also learned mercury is in the shots to keep the dead virus set in a certain way which I can’t remember how it works but I know I’ll pass on this poisen .

Sydney Hallowell
6 months ago

Got vaccine recommended for me in November- the quadrivalent covering four strains. Have well- controlled asthma and have gone into pneumona twice now so got the flu shot although have some concerns about all that it contains. Several weeks later came down with terrible case of influenza. Very very sick. Maybe what strains are out there were not well matched in the vaccine? Makes you wonder.

6 months ago

WOW!!!! I am really surprised. Flu vaccine, indeed! I hope you don’t make a habit of giving out such useless advice. Flu vaccine is nearly useless at preventing flu but has a laundry list of “side effects”. In other words, it is junk. Preventing the flu and colds is easy. They are viruses and mutate wildly. Essential oils are my primary tool. Nearly all of them kill viruses. They are easily applied to the feet and spread from there to your lungs, nose and mouth. Then there is silver colloid. It also kills viruses. Easily taken by mouth, hold under… Read more »

6 months ago

“Everyone Needs a Flu Shot, Particularly Those at Greatest Risk – the Elderly, says AMAC” in another John Grimaldi article posted on September 27, 2018. That article had 144 comments with 99% of them expressing generally negative perceptions of flu vaccines and also of AMAC for supporting the practice. I contacted AMAC two weeks after that article was posted asking if they would publicly address those negative comments. I haven’t seen anything yet.

John Karkalis
6 months ago

Thank God for vaccinations! against all manner of contagion, and thank God for the informed professionals who must often fight an uphill battle against the benighted, uninformed fear mongers.
What’s next? some fantastic rumor that disease is caused by some baleful group poisoning our wells?
We went through that during the 14th century.

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