Benefits of a flu shot

SHAFAQNA –  The flu season will be starting soon, but you can protect yourself by getting a flu shot.

It’s time for flu vaccine again and while it’s important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages: Certain kids should opt for the “ouchless” nasal spray.

Seniors, expect to get a new kind of pneumonia shot along with that flu jab.

Too many young and middle-age adults are skipping the vaccine altogether, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – even though there are more options than ever.

“The best way to protect yourself against the flu is to get a flu vaccination,” said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden on Thursday, before rolling up his sleeve to get his own flu shot.

Some things to know about flu vaccinations:


The government recommends a yearly flu vaccine for nearly everyone starting at 6 months of age.

Yet only about half of Americans get one, a number Frieden called unfortunate.

On average, the CDC estimates, flu kills about 24,000 Americans a year.

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