<![CDATA[Did you know that by getting your flu shot, you could be protecting the elderly in your community, and family? According to a recent study out of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, when healthy adults under age 65 get a flu shot there's a good chance they may also be helping older adults in their communities avoid the flu as well. Researchers are finding the odds of having a flu-related illness were 21 percent lower among seniors living in counties with the highest flu vaccination rates among people 18 to 64 years old, compared to seniors living in counties with the lowest rates.
How you can save lives by getting your flu vaccination
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend an annual flu vaccine for everyone aged six months or older, with rare exceptions. Nearly 24,000 deaths each year in the U.S., on average, are the result of influenza, CDC estimates. Nearly two-thirds of hospitalizations for influenza-related illnesses and about 90 percent of flu-related deaths occur among people 65 or older, according to the CDC. After seniors, the highest rates of flu-related complications and hospitalizations occur in young children and people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions.
“These higher-risk people have a limited ability to protect themselves from influenza, because flu vaccines are less effective in the elderly and in people with weakened immune systems,” Taksler said.
I’m healthy, do I need a flu shot?
The answer is YES! We’re deep into the flu season and there have already been 7 reported deaths from the flu in Connecticut.
It’s not about you anymore.
Young healthy adults are usually able to recover from the flu, but they can spread the infection to seniors and other higher-risk people in the community. What’s the take- away? Get your flu shot, especially if you work or live near adults 65 and older. You could be not only preventing the flu for yourself but you may be saving the life of a senior as well. Please contribute to the community by getting your flu vaccination.
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