Get Vaccinated to Fight Flu

The best step you can take to prevent influenza (flu) and its potentially serious complications is getting a yearly flu vaccine.

Flu Vaccine Benefits:

While flu vaccines vary in how well they work, flu vaccination is the best way to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications.

  • Flu vaccines prevent millions of illnesses, tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths every season.
  • Flu vaccines are safe. Hundreds of millions of flu vaccines have been safely given to Americans for more than 50 years.
  • Vaccination helps protect women during and after pregnancy. A CDC multi-year, multi-country study showed it reduced the risk of flu hospitalization among pregnant women by 40% on average. Flu vaccination during pregnancy also helps protects babies from flu for the first several months after birth when they are too young to be vaccinatedFlu vaccination can lower the risk of serious outcomes from heart disease and diabetes.
  • Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.
  • While some people who get vaccinated do still get sick, there is a growing amount of data showing that vaccination makes illness less severe, helping to prevent serious outcomes.

For more information, visit What are the benefits of flu vaccination?

People at High Risk of Flu Complications:

For the full list of high-risk conditions, visit People at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications.

What flu vaccines are available this season?

For the 2019-2020 flu season, options include:

CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommend providers use any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine with no preference for one vaccine over another.

Little Company of Mary’s Oak Lawn Care Stations offer walk-in appointments and online scheduling. To check availability and to schedule an appointment online, click the links below:

*Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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