Why should I get a flu shot in 2023?

Why should I get a flu shot in 2023?

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It’s that time of year again! The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against influenza (flu) is to get a flu vaccine every flu season. Flu is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious illness, hospitalization, or even death. CDC recommends everyone six months and older get an annual flu vaccine.  If you still need motivation to get your shot, here are some important things to think about:

You don’t want to get sick.

Flu viruses are constantly changing, so flu vaccines may be updated from one season to the next to protect against the viruses that research suggests will be common during the upcoming flu season.

You don’t want to get as sick if you DO get the flu, anyway.

2021 study showed that among adults hospitalized with flu, vaccinated patients had a 26% lower risk of intensive care unit (ICU) admission and a 31% lower risk of death from flu compared with those who were unvaccinated.

You don’t want to be hospitalized.

Who wants that?    Flu vaccine prevents tens of thousands of hospitalizations each year. For example, during 2019-2020 flu vaccination prevented an estimated 105,000 flu-related hospitalizations.

You have a chronic health condition.

Flu vaccination has been associated with lower rates of some cardiac events among people with heart disease, especially among those who have had a cardiac event in the past year. They also can reduce the risk of worsening chronic lung disease (COPD) and diabetes.

You are expecting a little one.

A number of studies have shown that in addition to helping to protect pregnant people from flu, a flu vaccine given during pregnancy helps protect the baby from flu for several months after birth, when babies are too young to be vaccinated.  Read More

You are a little one. 

2022 study showed that flu vaccination reduced children’s risk of severe life-threatening influenza by 75%.

You’re going to be around your Grandma and your Boo.

Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.

Because other people won’t.

Despite the many benefits offered by flu vaccination, only about half of Americans get an annual flu vaccine. During an average flu season, flu can cause millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and tens of thousands of deaths. Many more people could be protected from flu if more people got vaccinated. 

Ready to get your flu shot?

 Call your CHNWF provider’s office  or (adults 18+) drop by one of our 4 Pharmacy locations!