Everyone needs to be vaccinated. Life-protecting vaccinations are recommended throughout our lives, beginning at birth before newborns leave the hospital. Adults also need to be immunized throughout their lives—the majority of Americans who die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases are adults.
Vaccinations can protect you, your family, and your patients from serious and preventable diseases like the flu, pertussis, and many others. Vaccines can reduce the risk of diseases ranging from severe bacterial infections, persistent and painful viruses, and even cancer.
Everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu vaccine each year—it’s the best way to prevent the spread of the flu. A flu vaccine is needed this often because flu viruses are constantly changing. It’s not unusual for new flu viruses to appear each year. The flu vaccine is formulated to keep up with the flu viruses as they change.
Remember: it is much easier and more cost effective to prevent a disease rather than to treat it.
What you can do:
As healthcare professionals, you should:
- Get your flu shot and stay up-to-date on your vaccinations.
- Encourage your patients to get their flu shots, as well.
- Remind your patients to stay up-to-date on all their vaccinations.
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