Get Your Flu Shot (It’s Not Just for You)

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A family member. Your co-worker. The person ahead of you in line at the grocery store.

You may have already seen the first signs that flu season is here, but did you know that flu season can last all the way through May?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that during the 2017-2018 flu season, approximately 49 million people in the United States were sick with the flu – and approximately 960,000 hospitalizations were linked to people who had the flu. CDC statistics show that flu activity in the U.S. began to increase in November, and remained at high levels for several weeks during January and February.

If the numbers aren’t enough reason to convince you that it’s time to get your flu shot, of if you have doubts about whether a flu shot works, there are still plenty of reasons why you should consider getting a flu shot as soon as possible.

A flu shot is the single best way to protect you, your kids, and family from the flu.

During the 2017-2018 flu season, an estimated 11.5 million cases of the flu were diagnosed in children, and 7.3 million in adults over the age of 65. By getting your flu shot, you can help prevent the flu, and prevent spreading it to others. That way, you and your loved ones don’t miss time at school, at work, or even those special moments together with friends and family.

Talk with your doctor, or stop by your local pharmacy to get your flu shot. Be sure to ask about getting a flu shot for your children, too. Children can receive their shot at their doctor’s office, and at some local pharmacies. Be sure to ask for details about the shot, and about any age requirements that may be in place.

You don’t want to be the one who spreads the flu.

For you, the flu may just seem like a nuisance. However, the flu spreads easily, and can have a serious impact on a person who is at a higher risk for complications, if they get the flu. It’s important to know that people with medical conditions, including asthma, heart disease, and liver and kidney disorders, are also at a higher risk of developing complications from the flu.

A flu shot can reduce the risk of flu-related hospital visits for pregnant women by 40 percent.

In the past, studies have focused on how a flu shot can reduce a pregnant woman’s risk of getting the flu. However, the CDC looked at data from over two million pregnant women over a span of six years, and found that the flu shot had a significant impact on reducing hospitalizations related to the flu. The CDC study also determined more than 80 percent of pregnancies overlapped with flu season.

For CDPHP members, a flu shot is a no-cost benefit. Find a location near you, and be sure to get your flu shot to help keep yourself and others healthy during this flu season.

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