Your Best Protection
Millions of people get flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health professionals, and our practice recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year.
Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent serious flu complications that can result in hospitalization and even death.1,2 A flu vaccine is the best way to help prevent flu and its potentially serious complications. Remember that flu vaccine not only protects you, but it also can help protect those around you.
REDUCES YOUR RISK OF FLU
CDC estimates that flu has resulted in
9 million – 41 million illnesses, 140,000 –
710,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 –
52,000 deaths annually between 2010
Recent studies show that flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60% among the overall population during seasons when most circulating flu viruses are well-matched
to the flu vaccine.
Since 2004, when pediatric flu deaths
became nationally notifiable, the number
of pediatric flu deaths reported to CDC
each year prior to the COVID-19 pandemic ranged from 37 (2011-2012 season) to 199
deaths (2019-2020 season.)
While some people who get a flu vaccine still get sick, vaccination can make their illness less severe.
Two recent studies among hospitalized flu patients showed that flu vaccination reduced intensive care unit admissions and duration of hospitalization.6 Remember that a flu vaccine not only protects you, but it also can help protect those around you, including people who are at higher risk for serious flu illness, like babies, young children, older adults, pregnant people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.