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The Importance of Flu Vaccination

By Mildred Silva Zuccaro | Latinx Flint Media

Injectable standard-dose vaccine, made with viruses grown in eggs.

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Influenza is a viral infection that affects the respiratory system. The virus is easily transmitted from one person to another through droplets and small particles expelled by coughing or sneezing. Influenza usually spreads rapidly in the form of seasonal epidemics.

Currently living through the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals are over capacity, treating cases of COVID and other diseases, If you get vaccinated, the cases of influenza infections can be reduced and we can avoid a second epidemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against this disease every year.

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The benefits of getting a flu shot:

  1. They prevent you and your child from getting sick.
  2. Vaccination has been shown to reduce the risk of getting sick by about half.
  3. Flu shots can prevent your child from being hospitalized from this disease.
  4. Flu vaccination can prevent your child from dying from this disease.
  5. If you do get the flu, vaccination can also make the illness milder.
  6. If you and your child get vaccinated, you can protect other people too.

Approximately 49 percent of the U.S. population chose to get a flu vaccine during the 2018-2019 flu season, preventing an estimate of:

  • 4.4 million cases of influenza, more than the population of Los Angeles.
  • 58,000 influenza hospitalizations, nearly the number of Ohio State University students.
  • 3,500 deaths from influenza, which is equivalent to saving 10 lives per day in the span of one year.

Use the “Vaccine Finder” to find a flu vaccination center near your home.

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