3. There isn’t just “a flu shot.” You often hear medical professionals telling you to get your flu shot. What you may not know is traditional flu vaccines actually can protect against more than one type of influenza virus. Some flu vaccines offered protect against three or four different flu viruses. And not all flu vaccinations are given through a shot, with nasal mists providing more options for those who hate needles. But whether providing a defense against two flu bugs or four, one vaccine dose is all you need to stay safe.
4. Never too late to vaccinate: While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people get their flu vaccinations in the fall, flu shots can protect you all flu season long, which generally runs through April. In fact, flu season doesn’t peak until January or February. Make a New Year’s resolution to protect yourself and your family by vaccinating against the flu.
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5. The flu can kill. People tend to think the flu is no big deal, but it can and does kills thousands of Americans every year. According to CDC estimates, more than 200,000 Americans are hospitalized with complications from the flu each year, and 25% of those patients will die. So don’t take risks with your life or your loved ones—get your flu vaccination today!
For more information about influenza, flu vaccinations and other useful flu information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw/.