Every year anestimated 36,000 Americans die fromthe flu. Many of these deaths may have been prevented by getting a flu shot. According to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices(ACIP)everyone 6 months or older should get annual influenza vaccinationswith rareexceptions.
Here are some of the important benefits of getting your annual flu shot:
- Proven effectiveness: Research studies indicate that the flu vaccine can reduce your risk of developing flu by as much as 40 to 60%. During the years 2017 and 2018 an estimated 7.1 million illnesses, 3.7 million medical visits, and 8000 death related to influenza were prevented by the fluvaccination.
- Reduces the risk of infection in children: The immune system in children is not fully developed and hence they belong to the high-risk group for influenza related illnesses. A research studyshow that pediatric intensive care unit admissions related to the flu reduced by 74% in the 2010-2012 period.
- May prevent worsening of chronic healthconditions in the elderly: The flu vaccine has been associated with lower rates of cardiac events in people with heart disease, lowered complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, diabetes and other comorbid conditions.
- Protecting women during pregnancy: Acute respiratory infections due to flu in pregnant women can be reduced by as much as 50% by the flu vaccine.
It is during the cold, winter months that people are more susceptible to the flu-related illnesses. Choosing to get the flu vaccine now could have a direct health benefit not only on you, but on your family, coworkers and others in your community.
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