Getting your flu shot is like putting on armor to battle the flu bug. It also makes you a hero to others, because a flu shot protects them, too!
Many people do not realize that the flu – short for "influenza virus" – is a dangerous disease that kills thousands of people each year. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine annually. It's especially important that people get vaccinated who are at high risk of having serious flu–related complications, including:
It is equally important to be vaccinated if you live with or care for others who are at high risk for developing flu-related complications. This includes:
The current flu shot offers protection from the four most common strains of the influenza virus expected during this year's flu season. The earlier you get your flu shot, the more time you give your body to build up defenses against these strains.
So be a hero, and stop by your FOH Health Center, healthcare provider, or community center for a flu shot. With one quick visit, you can shield yourself and your loved ones from a serious disease.
You may want to check out some of our resources below to read up some more on the flu.
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