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Importance of getting your flu vaccine

By: Spencer

It may feel like summer just ended but it’s already that time of year again – flu season. It is estimated that more than 25 million cases of influenza are reported annually, leading to 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths in the U.S.

You can reduce yours and your family’s risk of getting the flu this season by getting the entire family vaccinated against the flu. October and November are good times to get the vaccine, although it can still be effective as late as December.

The seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Even healthy kids and adults need to be vaccinated for several reasons.

·         You could infected others with weaker immune systems like the elderly

·         You can spread the virus without knowing you’re sick

·         The flu is more dangerous for young children under age 5, who have less developed immune systems

The CDC announced earlier this year that the nasal spray form of the flu vaccine, called FluMist, is not effective. CDC recommends that all children 6 months and older receive the traditional flu shot.

Want a FREE flu shot? Visit www.HelpStopTheFlu.com to find a flu clinic near you and more flu resources.

Find more family health tips and resources at www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose.

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