Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.
According to the CDC, everyone 6 months and older should receive an annual flu vaccination. The vaccine is particularly important for people who are at a higher risk of developing flu-related complications such as:
For more information about the flu, consult the CDC’s flu web page.