Influenza, or "the flu" is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children and people with certain health conditions are at high risk of serious flu complications.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Tennessee Department of Health recommend that everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits and missed work and school due to flu, and can prevent serious complications that can result in hospitalization and even death.
A flu vaccine is the best way to help prevent flu and its potentially serious complications.
Remember that flu vaccine not only protects you, but it also can help protect those around you.