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One of the most effective ways to help protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Make the case to vaccinate.

Remind your patients of the potential benefits of getting vaccinated:

  • Help avoid the effects of the flu, which can be serious and sometimes deadly1
  • When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community1
  • The flu shot can help provide protection throughout the flu season2
  • You may meet resistance when you recommend flu vaccination. While a flu shot may not be for everyone, many avoid the flu shot due to misinformation

You can mention these flu facts to your patients so they can make an informed decision:

  • Flu is a serious disease, particularly among young children, older adults, and the immunocompromised2
  • Between 16 million and 64 million Americans suffer from flu each year3,4
  • On average, each year in the US, more than 200,000 people have been hospitalized, and between 3,000 and 49,000 have died from flu and its complications3
  • Flu symptoms can disrupt your work and social plans for up to 2 weeks5
  • You can pass the flu on to someone else before you even know you’re sick6
  • People with the flu can unintentionally spread it to others who are up to about 6 feet away6
  • You cannot get the flu from a flu shot1
  • Your patients can get a flu shot at any time during the flu season.

References:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Key facts about seasonal flu vaccine. www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm. Accessed October, 5, 2016.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Misconceptions about seasonal flu and flu vaccines: Questions & Answers. www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/misconceptions.htm. Accessed October, 5, 2016.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Seasonal Influenza: Questions & Answers. www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/disease.htm. Accessed October, 5, 2016.
  4. United States Census Bureau. U.S. and World Population Clock. www.census.gov/popclock/. Accessed October, 5, 2016.
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flu symptoms and severity. www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/symptoms.htm. Accessed October, 5, 2016.
  6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How flu spreads. www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/spread.htm. Accessed October, 5, 2016.