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National Influenza Vaccination Week 2020

Next week (December 6-12) is National Influenza Vaccination week and getting flu vaccinations this year is more important than ever. With the winter months upon us and the number of COVID-19 cases rising, a flu vaccination could make a difference for your and your families health.

Why Should you Get the Influenza Vaccination?

Flu vaccination prevents more than just the flu. The vaccination can help prevent serious medical events that could come from pre-existing chronic conditions. According to the AAP, Influenza vaccination has contributed to lower rates of hospitalization for people with heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

Getting vaccinated not only helps you, but also the people around you. Older people are more at risk of becoming extremely ill from the flu and the illnesses that it could lead to. The flu, along with COVID-19 is very contagious. Even if you think you’re healthy, there’s a high chance you could be carrying the flu virus and spread it to people who will have a harder time fighting it.

How Can You Prevent Spread of the Flu Before You Get Vaccinated?

If you have not scheduled your influenza vaccination yet, we recommend incorporating some of these habits into your daily life to prevent spreading or contracting the virus.  

            Avoid Touching Your Face. The easiest way for germs to get into your body is through your hands. Our hands touch so many contaminated surfaces every day that could be infected with many viruses.

            Practice Good Health Habits. Getting plenty of sleep, eating your vitamins, exercising regularly, and maintaining a clean home will all help defend your body against any virus.

            Cover Your Mouth and Nose. By covering your mouth and nose you are doing your part in preventing the spread of the virus if you are a carrier.

Find Vaccinations Near You

Vaccinations are available at many places near you! Use the CDC’s vaccine finder to locate and schedule a flu vaccination today.