It is that time again. The flu is a serious illness that affects people of all ages. It is more dangerous for those who are high risk, including those with kidney disease. But even healthy people get the flu. And it is easily spread.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging all healthcare professionals and their patients to get the flu shot. Dialysis patients who skip the flu vaccine are more likely to be sicker if they do get the flu and may become dehydrated or develop pneumonia, leading to hospitalization.
Medicare covers the cost of the flu shot, which is available at most healthcare provider offices, local pharmacies, senior centers, health centers, and other places in the community.