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Six of 10 upstate New York adults surveyed believe it’s important to get the annual flu vaccine to help prevent catching the flu. Unfortunately, last year, only four in ten were vaccinated.
The flu is serious. Hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized because of the flu each year, and tens of thousands die from it.
Getting the flu vaccine isn’t just about you. It’s about you not getting the flu and then being a carrier. One person with the flu can infect other people one day before any symptoms develop, and up to about seven days after they become sick.
The virus can spread to others up to about 6 feet away, mainly by microscopic droplets expelled into the air when people cough, sneeze, or even talk.
For people with compromised immune systems, catching the flu can be deadly…and you often can’t tell who around you has a compromised immune system.
Also at high risk from the flu are the very young, the very old, women who are pregnant and people who have certain health conditions (e.g., asthma, heart disease, blood disorders, endocrine disorders).
Getting the flu vaccine each year offers the best protection. Even if you still catch the flu, the vaccine can reduce the severity.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Univera Healthcare recommend everyone six months and older should get the flu vaccine every year.