The importance of flu shots

October 5, 2022

Flu can mean a few days of feeling bad and missing work, school or family events, or it can result in potentially more serious illness that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help reduce the risk of getting flu and any of its potentially serious complications. Vaccination has been shown to reduce the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and flu-related death. While some people who get a flu vaccine may still get sick, flu vaccination has been shown in studies to reduce severity of illness.

(Source: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)