Influenza (flu) is a contagious disease that can be very serious. Every year, millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges everyone to take the following actions to protect themselves and others from the flu.
Meningococcal disease is not very common in the U.S., but teens and young adults are at increased risk. Fortunately, there are vaccines to help prevent the most common types of meningococcal disease. This is a very serious illness where death can occur in as little as a few hours, so it’s important for parents to talk with their child’s doctor about vaccination.