(UNDATED) – The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases is urging everyone 6 months of age or older to get vaccinated for the flu as soon as possible.
“Many people underestimate the severity of flu, yet we know flu causes hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and tens of thousands of deaths each year in the United States,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar, II. “When it comes to protecting people from flu, our best preventive tool is an annual flu vaccine. It can safely prevent flu illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths.”
Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses (depending on the vaccine) that research suggests will be most common.
Getting vaccinated is especially important for people with chronic health conditions.
During last year’s flu season, approximately 93 percent of adults hospitalized for flu-related complications had at least one underlying medical condition, such as heart or lung disease.
Those looking for a flu vaccine can click here on where to get vaccinated.