No Flu For You!

It’s that time of the year again: time to get your flu shot.

There are plenty of flu shots available this year, and health officials urged Americans to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated — if not for their own sakes, then for the health of their communities.

About 85 million doses of flu vaccine have been distributed, part of a total of 135 million doses for this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Unfortunately, most Americans choose to skip the flu shot. Forty-two percent of Americans got a flu shot last year, about the same rate as the year before, according to the CDC.  And most disappointingly, vaccination coverage fell sharply with increasing age, peaking at a high of 75% of babies ages 6 to 23 months but falling to 39% of adults and 34% of teens ages 13 to 17.

For us Suddenly Solos, the flu is no joking matter. Each year, 5% to 20% of Americans get the flu, causing up to 200,000 hospitalizations.  Though flu shots aren’t perfect, they reduce the risk of becoming sick by 50% to 60% when there is a good match between the vaccine strains and those circulating in the community.

Several kinds of flu shots are available: the traditional shot in the arm, a nasal mist for those ages 2 to 49, a high-dose flu shot for senior citizens and a new intradermal shot for adults over 18 that is supposed to be less painful.

Don’t take unnecessary chances – get your inoculation today!

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