Now that summer has drawn to a close, the flu season will soon be upon us. The best thing that you can do to stay healthy is to get a yearly vaccination, which is administered at doctor’s offices through your insurance plan, and at participating pharmacies for a nominal fee.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccination as the best way to guard against flu and its potentially serious complications. A recent study by CDC researchers and other experts indicate that the vaccination will reduce visits to doctors by 60% among the overall population during flu season. The flu vaccination also reduces serious illness, missed work and school, and prevents flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.
Here are five excellent reasons to get a flu vaccination:
1. You protect yourself, your family, and your employees from getting sick from flu.
2. A flu vaccination protects you, as well as people around you who are at greater risk from becoming seriously ill. The most vulnerable are people with chronic health conditions, the elderly, children and infants under 6 months who are too young to receive vaccinations.
3. While there is no guarantee that you won’t get the flu, if you are vaccinated, your symptoms are more likely to be milder than someone who did not receive one.
4. A CDC study showed that giving a flu shot to pregnant women was 92% effective in preventing hospitalization of infants for flu (Benowitz, 2010).
5. Vaccines work best when there is a “match” between the vaccine and the flu viruses that are spreading in a particular season. Even though vaccines are being created to work better each year, existing flu vaccines still offer important health benefits to communities.
According to the CDC, it is especially important for Native Americans and Alaska Natives, and people who are included in at-risk groups to get a flu shot, and seek medical treatment quickly if they get flu symptoms:
- Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease)
- Chronic lung disease and cystic fibrosis
- Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes mellitus)
- Kidney, Liver and Metabolic disorders
- Morbid obesity
- Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions
- People younger than 19 years of age on long-term aspirin therapy
- Weakened immune system due to disease or medication, such as people with HIV, AIDS, cancer or those on chronic steroids
- Adults 65 years and older and children younger than 5 years of age
Pregnant women and women up to 2 weeks after the end of pregnancy
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