By the Numbers: Getting Ahead of Flu Season
October 08, 2021
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 EffectiveAt 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.
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.
3 Myths About Breast Cancer, Debunked
Breast surgeon Yolanda Tammaro, M.D., knows her patients may be running the gamut of emotions when they step into her office.
How Losing Weight Can Increase Your Life Expectancy
There are quite a few consequences of obesity, including conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease.
Can Wearables Help You Sleep Better?
Are you one of the millions of Americans who began wearing activity trackers like Fitbit, Apple Watch or Oura Ring in recent years?
How Often Should You Wash Your Clothes?
How clean is the outfit that you’re wearing today?
4 Easy Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol
About one-third of Americans – 102 million people aged 20 or older – have higher-than-normal cholesterol levels. Almost 10 percent (35 million) have total cholesterol levels that are 240 mg/dL or higher, which puts them at greater risk of developing heart disease.
When to Go to the ER vs. Urgent Care vs. Pediatrician
When your child gets sick, it can be hard to know - should you go to the emergency room (ER), urgent care or pediatrician?