Convey fun and cheer this season, not the flu

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The holiday season is upon us whether we are ready or not. But one thing we can be ready for this season is the flu.

Before Christmas shopping, socializing and endless eating take over our lives, take a break and get your flu shot. Also take family members or friends who have not received the vaccination with you. Make it an outing, with Christmas sweaters and a brunch stop to make it festive if need be.
The important thing is to go get the vaccination. Because flu season it is here, and it looks like it will be a badYou have to be protected and also the people you care about.

Last week what? National flu vaccination week, which promotes flu vaccination during the holiday season and beyond. One of the reasons officials are encouraging flu shots now is that all holidays and holiday travel can spread the flu. This means you can 1) catch the flu and 2) pass it on to the people you care about, which is a gift no one wants to receive.

The flu shot is Safe and it takes about two weeks to be effective after you get it, so now it’s the perfect weather to get yours.

Still not convinced? There are so many benefits to getting a flu shot:
The flu shot can keep you from getting the flu. Millions of flu-related illnesses and medical visits are prevented every year by flu shots.
Flu vaccination can reduce hospital visits for the flu. For the elderly, getting a flu shot can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospital visits 40%.
In children, the flu shot can be particularly lifesaving. A. study in 2017 it showed that flu vaccination significantly reduces the risk of children dying from the flu.
Flu vaccination can help prevent serious medical problems for people with chronic illness. In people with heart disease, flu vaccination decreases the frequency of cardiac events.
Flu vaccination helps protect women during and after pregnancy. Getting a flu shot protects babies after birth. It also reduces the risk of influenza-related acute respiratory infections by approx 40% in pregnant women.
Even if you get the flu, getting the flu shot will mean your symptoms won’t be as severe and won’t last that long.

For more information on vaccines and the flu, take a look at our Preparations information sheets. For resources to be shared by the CDC, including posters, FAQs, and talking points, see their National Flu Vaccination Week page.

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