Now is the time to get a flu vaccine!
As the flu and COVID-19 will likely circulate at the same time this season, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever!
You can get your flu shot at your primary care doctor’s office or at your local pharmacy.
Adults 65 years and older are at higher risk for developing serious complications from the flu. This year, flu vaccination is even more important. Receiving the flu vaccine can lower your chances of getting seasonal flu and needing medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t delay, get your flu shot today!
Each winter, millions of people suffer from the flu,. It spreads easily from person to person mainly when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The flu can be life threatening in older adults and in people who have chronic illnesses such as diabetes or heart, lung, or kidney diseases. Reduce your risk by getting a flu shot!
AgeWell New York is committed to doing everything we can to keep our members and staff safe during this time. If you have any questions, please contact us at 866-586-8044 or TTY/TDD 800-662-1220.
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Benefits of Flu Vaccination
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and serious complications. While every flu season is different, an annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, the less it can spread throughout the community.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there are many reasons to get your flu shot:
- Flu vaccination can keep you from getting the flu.
- Protecting yourself also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious illness.
- Flu vaccination can help protect people who are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from flu, like
older adults, people with chronic health conditions and young children.
- Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
- Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of more serious flu outcomes, like hospitalizations.
- Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions.
There are several flu vaccine options for this year. Talk to your doctor about which vaccines are right for you.