Influenza might be just a minor 2-week annoyance for you. However, the flu causes more hospitalizations and deaths in children, seniors, and those with compromised immune systems compared to any other vaccine-preventable disease in North America.
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For instance, during the 2019 – 2020 flu season, approximately 434 children died from influenza-related complications. While seniors, aged 65-years and older, had 13,673 deaths reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The flu shot vaccination is shown to reduce your chances of catching the flu. The effectiveness has varied year to year, in 2019-2020 it was 39-percent effective. Still need convincing? Here are 10 good reasons to get your annual flu shot…
Just About Everyone is Eligible For a Flu Shot
Thankfully, in North America most of us can get a flu shot free of charge. The CDC in the U.S. makes many flu shot clinics, as well as shots through your medical practitioner available free of charge. Why wouldn’t you take advantage of a free flu shot to protect yourself against influenza?
Those with certain allergies or conditions should NOT get the flu shot. Infants under 6-months and those with life-threatening allergies to one or more of the influenza vaccine ingredients should not get the flu shot. Talk to your doctor to see if you have any contraindications that would prevent you from the vaccine.