The flu and its complications can be serious and even life threatening, especially for people with underlying medical conditions. Every year in the United States, influenza and its related complications result in over 200,000 hospitalizations and 3,000-49,000 deaths. Getting vaccinated is the most important step in protecting yourself against the flu and its serious complications. In addition to protecting yourself, you can help protect those around you by getting vaccinated. Flu vaccines reduce illness, doctor’s visits, and missed work and school due to the flu. Flu vaccination has been shown to reduce flu-related hospital visits by 71% in all adults and 77% in adults over 50. Although the vaccine does not guarantee that you won’t get the flu, it may reduce the severity of illness if you do get sick.
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