Flu season is here, and we are ready to #FightFlu!
A Strong Defense Against Flu:
Get Vaccinated! The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against influenza (flu) is to get a flu vaccine every
flu season. Flu is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious illness, hospitalization, or even
death. CDC recommends everyone six months and older get an annual flu vaccine.
What are some key reasons to get a flu vaccine?
Every year, flu vaccination prevents illnesses, medical visits, hospitalizations, and deaths.
Flu vaccination also is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions. For example flu vaccination has been associated with lower rates of some cardiac events among in people with heart disease.
Vaccinating pregnant women helps protect them from flu
illness and hospitalization, and also has been shown to
help protect the baby from flu infection for several months
after birth, before the baby can be vaccinated.
A 2017 study showed that flu vaccine can be life-saving
While some people who get vaccinated still get sick, flu
vaccination has been shown in several studies to reduce
severity of illness.
Why is it important to get a flu vaccine EVERY year?
Flu viruses are constantly changing, so flu vaccines may be
updated from one season to the next to protect against the
viruses that research suggests will be common during the
upcoming flu season.
Your protection from a flu vaccine declines over time.
Yearly vaccination is needed for the best protection.