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Get Your Flu Shot, Not the Flu

In a time where everyone is concerned with staying safe, what better way to be proactive about your health than getting a flu vaccination?

While the flu vaccine cannot prevent COVID-19, it can protect you from complications. Even though it’s a different virus, the flu vaccine will still be a key factor in keeping you healthy.

Those at a higher risk of developing flu-related complications

People 65
and over

Children younger
than 5

Pregnant
women

Those with certain
medical conditions

5 Things to Know About the Flu Vaccine

1

Influenza is severe and unpredictable. Vaccination reduces the risk of influenza complications.

2

People living with diabetes are three times more likely to be hospitalized with influenza.

3

If you are 65 years or older, you are six times more likely to have a heart attack the week after being diagnosed with influenza.

4

126,000+ adults 65 years and older are hospitalized with flu related illness each year.

5

90 percent of flu related deaths occur in people 65 years or older.

What can I do at home to help prevent catching the flu?

Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

Eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Get at least eight-10 hours of sleep.

Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water.

Stay active throughout the day.

Keep your surroundings clean and sanitized.

If you feel you might be getting sick, stay home.

Schedule your annual comprehensive wellness exam.

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