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Ask anyone who has ever suffered through it: The flu hits much harder than a cold―and some symptoms can linger for up to three weeks. Not to mention there can be possible complications, such as pneumonia.
To avoid being sidelined by a flu bug this year, there’s one simple step you can take: Get a flu shot.
Getting vaccinated for the flu every year is the single best way to keep the virus away, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And the time to get your shot is now—before the flu begins spreading in your community. The CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October, if possible. However, getting your flu shot can still be beneficial throughout the flu season, into January or later.
Vaccinating early gives your body time to develop virus-fighting antibodies well before flu season is in full swing.
Safeguard Yourself Against the Flu
Each year, experts from the World Health Organization study flu virus samples from around the globe. They recommend specific vaccine viruses to be included in flu shots and then the FDA makes the final decision about vaccines to be sold in the U.S. Look for updates on this year’s flu vaccine at www.flu.gov.
It’s vital to get a flu vaccine every season since the formula typically changes from the previous year. Also, immunity to flu viruses decreases over time—an annual vaccine is necessary for the best protection.
Get Vaccinated Today
Consider the toll flu takes on you―long-lasting fever, discomfort, tiredness, as well as missed days of work, school, and normal activity―and then schedule your flu shot. Experts recommend the vaccine for everyone ages 6 months and older. It’s especially important if you are at high risk for serious flu-related complications. This group includes adults ages 65 and older, young children, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease).
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