By Jennifer Fox Williams, MPH
Getting an annual flu shot can be one of the easiest and most effective ways of avoiding the flu. The flu, or influenza, is a respiratory illness that can range from mild to severe. In severe cases, it can result in hospitalization or even death. Some people, such as young children, elderly people, and people with certain medical conditions are at greater risk for complications resulting from the flu.
Getting a flu shot once a year helps protect you and the people around you. If don’t get the flu, you can’t pass the flu onto others.