Make an Appointment

By the Numbers: Getting Ahead of Flu Season

October 08, 2021

Clinical Contributors to this story:

Every year like clockwork, the flu season descends again. While most people can recover from the flu without complications, the virus can be dangerous for others with weakened immune systems. The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. Here’s what you should know.

Why Get a Flu Vaccine

A flu vaccine can reduce your risk of flu illness by 40%–60%

In 2019–2020, flu vaccination prevented an estimated:

7.5 million flu illnesses

3.7 million flu-related medical visits

105,000 flu-related hospitalizations

6,300 flu-associated deaths

What Makes a Flu Vaccine Effective

At least two factors play an important role in determining the likelihood that the flu vaccine will protect a person from flu illness:

Characteristics of the person being vaccinated (age and health)

Similarity or “match” between the flu viruses the flu vaccine is designed to protect against and the flu viruses spreading in the community

When to Get Your Flu Vaccine

Get a flu vaccine every year

Get your flu vaccine by the end of October

Other Ways to Prevent the Flu

Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Stay home if you’re sick

Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing

Wash your hands often with soap and water

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Next Steps & Resources:

To make an appointment with a doctor near you, call 800-822-8905 or visit our website.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

When should you get your flu shot?

12 facts you probably didn’t know about the flu

The material provided through HealthU is intended to be used as general information only and should not replace the advice of your physician. Always consult your physician for individual care.

Share

HealthU

eNewsLetter Sign Up to receive the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic

New Edition of Best-Selling PM&R Board Review Book (FourthEdition)

JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute’s Chair, Vice President and Medical Director Updates Primary Resource for Board Exam

New Edition of Best-Selling PM&R Board Review Book (FourthEdition)

JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute’s Chair, Vice President and Medical Director Updates Primary Resource for Board Exam

New Edition of Best-Selling PM&R Board Review Book (FourthEdition)

JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute’s Chair, Vice President and Medical Director Updates Primary Resource for Board Exam

New Edition of Best-Selling PM&R Board Review Book (FourthEdition)

JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute’s Chair, Vice President and Medical Director Updates Primary Resource for Board Exam

New Edition of Best-Selling PM&R Board Review Book (FourthEdition)

JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute’s Chair, Vice President and Medical Director Updates Primary Resource for Board Exam

New Edition of Best-Selling PM&R Board Review Book (FourthEdition)

JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute’s Chair, Vice President and Medical Director Updates Primary Resource for Board Exam