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Have You Gotten Your Flu Shot Yet?

Posted By Alejandra Owens On December 5, 2011 @ 9:23 am In Health Talk | Comments Disabled

Flu shot

This is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP fromĀ Small Act [1].

Happy National Influenza Vaccination Awareness Week!

There are lots of ways you can celebrate, but getting your flu shot is probably better than, say, decorating your house with a garland of tiny syringes.

Whether you get the shot from your primary care physician, a drugstore or a grocery store, you’ll be taking an important step toward protecting your health. Older adults are particularly vulnerable to serious complications from the disease [2]:

  • Nearly 90 percent of deaths from the flu occur among people 65 years of age and older.
  • More than 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations in the United States each year occur in people 65 years and older.
  • The flu shot can be up to 70 percent effective in preventing hospitalizations for influenza in those over 65.

Several vaccine options [3] are available this year. Find where you can get a flu shot [4].

Photo credit: USACE Europe District [5] on Flickr

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[1] Small Act: http://www.smallact.com

[2] particularly vulnerable to serious complications from the disease: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/65over.htm

[3] Several vaccine options: http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-09-2011/annual-flu-vaccine-options.html

[4] Find where you can get a flu shot: http://www.lungusa.org/lung-disease/influenza/flu-vaccine-finder/

[5] USACE Europe District: http://www.flickr.com/photos/europedistrict/

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