It’s not too late to get your flu vaccine

Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent
flu infection. With up to twenty percent of the population
infected with the flu, and up to forty-nine thousand flu related deaths in the United
States each year, it is the most frequent cause of death from a vaccine-preventable
disease. When you receive the vaccination, your body
produces antibodies that protect against three or four different strains of the flu viruses. So, even if the vaccine is less effective
against one strain, you’re still getting protection from the other variations. If you were still to come down with the flu,
the illness is usually less severe if you had your flu vaccine. Since the flu is so common, the impact of
vaccination is high, even when the vaccine is not the best match. If we vaccinate two-thirds of our population,
we can prevent thirteen thousand people from being hospitalized. If the effectiveness is increased to forty
percent, then we can prevent sixty thousand people from being hospitalized. For people with chronic medical conditions,
pregnant women, young kids and older adults, this is especially important. Flu vaccines saves lives. If you haven’t gotten your flu vaccine this
year, it’s not too late.

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