Flu Season – What you need to know and where to get vaccinated

This article contains content originally posted to cdc.gov. Flu season is approaching quickly, and with it is a new vaccine that everyone needs to stay protected. The CDC is recommending getting the vaccine early this year, since flu cases are already popping up across the US. Below is some information on the benefits of the vaccine, as well as a tool that you can use to find the nearest place to get yours.

Flu Can Be Serious The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and, at times, can lead to death. Every flu season is different, and the flu can affect people differently. Every flu season millions of people get the flu, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes. Flu Vaccine Is The Best Protection Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. Flu vaccines…
  • Can keep you from getting sick with flu
  • Can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalizations, including among children and older adults
  • Are very important for people with chronic health conditions like diabetes and heart and lung disease
  • Help protect both pregnant women and their babies for several months after birth from the flu
  • May make your illness milder if you do get sick
Benefits Of Flu Vaccines Each year, CDC reports the number of flu illnesses, medical visits, and hospitalizations prevented by flu vaccination. During the 2015-2016 flu season: The estimated number of flu illnesses that were prevented by flu vaccination = 5.1 million. As many people use the Denver International Airport in one month. The estimated number of flu medical visits that were prevented by flu vaccination = 2.5 million. Equal to the population of Portland, Oregon. The estimated number of flu hospitalizations that were prevented by flu vaccination = 71,000. Enough people to fill every registered hospital bed in the state of Texas. Get Vaccinated Every Flu Season CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible. However, getting vaccinated later can still be beneficial. Ongoing flu vaccination is recommended as long as flu viruses are circulating, even into January or later. Find a flu vaccine with HealthMap Vaccine Finder https://vaccinefinder.org/External Flu vaccines are offered by many doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many employers, and even by some schools.  

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