Get your flu shot to prevent serious complications

Influenza vaccines or “flu shots” protect against the four influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming flu season. The annual flu season coincides with the rainy season.

Influenza can cause serious complications, especially in children age 2 or younger, pregnant people, adults over age 65 and people with certain medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease. Moreover, flu can lead to more serious infections such as pneumonia, especially among younger children, the elderly, pregnant women, or those with certain chronic health conditions. Pneumonia as a flu complication tends to be more severe and potentially fatal.

The single best way to reduce the risk of flu and its potentially serious complications is to get the flu vaccine each year. Vaccination to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications is particularly important for people who are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone age 6 months or older. Aside from lowering your risk of getting the flu, the flu vaccine can also can lower your risk of having serious illness from the flu and being hospitalized. This can save you thousands of pesos in doctors’ fees, expenses for medicines, and hospital bills, not to mention considerable productivity losses due to your inability to work.

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