CDC Emergency Partners - Flu Prevention Facts

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December 12, 2017


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DID YOU KNOW?

  • Now is a good time to get your influenza (also known as flu) vaccine, if you haven't gotten one already.  
  • More than 130 million doses of the flu vaccine have been distributed so far this season.
  • A 2017 study showed that flu vaccinations reduced deaths, intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, ICU length of stay, and overall duration of hospitalization among hospitalized flu patients.

 

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    Why You Should Get A Flu Vaccine

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    The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.

    Flu is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and flu infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized, and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. 

    An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.

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    What You Should Know and Do this Flu Season If You Are 65 Years and Older

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    People 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with younger, healthy adults because human immune defenses become weaker with age. While flu seasons can vary in severity, during most seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease.

    Here are some helpful tips to help protect you this flu season:

    1. Get your flu shot. The best way to prevent the flu is with a flu shot. Vaccination is especially important for people 65 years and older because they are at high risk for complications from flu.

    2. Practice good health habits including covering coughs, washing hands often, and avoiding people who are sick.

    3. Seek medical advice quickly if you develop flu symptoms to see whether you might need medical evaluation or treatment with antiviral drugs.

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    CONTACT US

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    Email: EmergencyPartners@cdc.gov

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    1600 Clifton Rd
    Atlanta, GA 30333

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