How important is a flu shot? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu shot every year. It’s the best protection for people with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease. A flu shot can also help pregnant women and their babies, people 65 years of age or older, and children under five years of age from getting the flu. People in these categories are at a higher risk for developing serious flu-related complications, such as pneumonia and bronchitis, which can lead to hospitalization or even death.1
Besides a flu shot, other ways of preventing the flu include avoiding close contact with those who are sick; staying home when you’re sick; covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough; washing your hands often; disinfecting home surfaces frequently; getting plenty of sleep and eating nutritious food.2
Visit your in-network health care provider or pharmacy to request a flu shot.
For more information, including where to get a flu shot, visit ProvidenceHealthPlan.com/flu.
1 Source: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/high_risk.htm
2 Source: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/prevention.htm