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 2012 to 2013 flu season, approximately 150 children died from influenza-related complications because they did not get their annual flu shot. While seniors, aged 65-years and older, accounted for about 50-percent of hospitalizations.
The flu shot vaccination is shown to reduce your chances of catching the flu by up to 90-percent. Here are ten convincing reasons to get your annual flu shot…
1. Everyone is Eligible for a Flu Shot
Thankfully, in North America most of us can get a flu shot free of charge. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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?