Everett, Washington - A newly released article from Community Health Center of Snohomish County provides an overview of the influenza virus that will soon be spreading across the United States during the annual flu season.

The article begins with a brief explanation of what the influenza virus is and how it manifests its symptoms. It reminds families that children under the age of 5, adults over the age of 65, and those suffering from chronic diseases, such as heart and lung diseases, asthma, or diabetes, are at higher risk of developing complications from catching the flu virus.

While everyone can catch the flu virus, these at-risk individuals are more likely to develop severe cases or complications such as pneumonia or bronchitis. Such complications can lead to hospitalization, according to the article.

The article from Community Health Center of Snohomish County also discusses the safety and possible side effects of a flu immunization. They state that those with current chronic medical conditions should consult their physician before getting the flu vaccine.

Pregnant woman and those consistently interacting with those who are at risk should strongly consider getting a flu vaccine as well, since they could be carriers and infect others with the virus.

“Keeping our families and communities safe and healthy is the goal of every parent and all of our staff here at Community Health Center of Snohomish County. Getting a flu vaccine is the best way that we can all work together to protect ourselves from this disease. This is why we offer flu immunizations for everyone in the community,” they conclude.