Last year’s deadly flu was likely due in part due to a low rate of vaccination.
From NPR: 5 Reasons Why You Need the Flu Shot
Last year “more than 80,000 people died from flu-related illnesses in the U.S. — the highest death toll in more than 40 years.” So 5 reasons to get your shot:
1. You are vulnerable.
People 65 and older are at higher risk of flu-related complications, but the flu can knock young, healthy people off their feet, too. It does every year.
2. Getting a flu shot is your civic duty.
“Nobody wants to be the dreaded spreader,” says Schaffner. But everybody gets the flu from somebody else.
3. You can still get the flu, but you won’t be as sick.
After last winter’s severe season, some people are skeptical. They say: “I got the flu shot, but I still caught the flu.”
4. Pregnant women who get the flu shot protect their babies from flu.
Women who are pregnant should be vaccinated to protect themselves. The vaccine also offers protection after babies are born
5. You cannot get flu from the flu vaccine.
It’s still a common misperception: the idea that you can get the flu from the flu shot.
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