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Keeping Healthy This Flu Season: Why You Should Get Your Flu Shot

December 31, 2015

According to the Center of Disease Control, a yearly flu shot is the best way to prevent getting influenza.

Who should receive a flu shot each year?

All persons aged 6 months and older are recommended to get a yearly flu vaccination, with very few exceptions.

The flu shot is especially important for people who are at high risk for serious complications from getting the flu. Click here to read more about individuals who are at increased risk of flu complications.

People who should not get a flu shot are those with severe, life-threatening allergies to the flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine and infants under 6 months of age.

Often times, individuals of different ages receive different doses of the flu shot. For example, people younger than 65 years of age should not get the high-dose flu shot.

Why should I get the flu shot for myself or my loved ones?

There are a lot of great reasons why you should get the flu shot!

  • The flu shot can keep you from getting sick from flu. Protecting yourself from flu also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like older adults, people with chronic health conditions and young children (especially infants younger than 6 months old who are too young to get vaccinated themselves).
  • If you get the flu shot and still get the flu, it is typically milder.
  • You are less likely to end up in the hospital from flu-related complications.
  • A flu shot helps protect women during pregnancy and their babies for up to 6 months after they are born. One study showed that giving flu vaccine to pregnant women was 92% effective in preventing hospitalization of infants for flu.