Flu Vaccine Protects You and Your Family
Flu Vaccine Protects You And Your Family
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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.
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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
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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.
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The estimated number of flu medical visits that were prevented by flu vaccination = 2.5 million.
Equal to the population of Portland, Oregon.
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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.
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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.
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Find a flu vaccine with HealthMap Vaccine Finder [text is hyperlinked to https://vaccinefinder.org/]
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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For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm
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- Page last reviewed: April 18, 2017
- Page last updated: April 18, 2017
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)
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