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Published on October 17, 2017

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Fear the flu. Not the vaccine

Protect yourself and your loved ones from influenza.

If you haven't gotten your flu shot yet, do it now. Vaccination is the single best way to prevent this disease, which can be serious and potentially deadly for some.

Concerned about the safety of the flu vaccine? Get the facts: Risks associated with influenza far outweigh potential risks from the vaccine.

Did You Know?

The flu shot cannot give you the flu. It is a killed version of the virus. It can, however, cause a reaction in people who are allergic to eggs. Reactions to the flu shot have also been linked to individuals with Guillain-Barre syndrome, but the numbers are extremely small. If you have this rare disorder, you should contact your health care professional.

The flu vaccination protects those around you, particularly those at higher risk of complications from the flu, such as older adults, individuals with certain medical conditions and children.

The flu vaccination reduces flu-related hospital visits. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there was a 74 percent reduction in pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admissions among children who received the vaccine from 2010 to 2012; the vaccine was also linked to a 71 percent decrease in flu-related hospitalizations among adults during the same period.

 Ways You Can Fight the Flu Every Day

  • Make healthy choices daily to boost your immune system.
  • Wash your hands frequently to prevent the spread of germs.

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