Monday, November 24, 2014

National Influenza Vaccination Week December 7-13, 2014
Katherine Merullo

A flu vaccine could help you stay healthy this holiday season.  People at high risk for serious flu complications include: pregnant women; people with underlying chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, cancer, diabetes or hearth disease); adults older than 65 years of age; and children younger than 5 years old. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.  Learn more about your options available at and ask your health care provider which is right for you.

The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine as the first and best way to protect against the flu. There are two important reasons to get a flu vaccine every year:

a) The first reason is that because flu viruses are constantly changing, flu vaccines may be updated from one season to the next to protect against the viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming flu season.

b) The second reason that annual vaccination is recommended is that a person’s immune protection from the vaccine declines over time. Annual vaccination is needed for best protection.

According to the CDC, flu vaccination prevented an estimated 13.6 million flu cases, 5.8 million medical visits and nearly 113,000 flu-related hospitalizations in the United States.

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