Fight the Flu!
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness that spreads through droplets in the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. You can catch the illness simply by being near a sick person or touching a surface where droplets are present. Influenza can lead to serious and even life-threatening complications. The best way to protect yourself? Get a flu vaccine each and every flu season.
A yearly flu shot is the best protection against seasonal influenza. It is the first and most important step you can take to avoid getting sick. The American Association of Pediatrics recommends everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot, preferably before the end of October.
Key Reasons to Get a Flu Shot
The flu vaccine…
- reduces flu illnesses, complications, hospitalization, and even death.
- reduces school absences and missed work days.
- helps protect vulnerable populations, such as young children, pregnant women, adults aged 65 and older, and people with chronic health conditions.
- helps protect pregnant women from flu illness and hospitalization, and helps protect the baby from flu infection for several months after birth, before the baby can receive the vaccine.