How Effective is the Flu Vaccine?

Date: November 11, 2016   | Download |

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the single most effective way to prevent contracting and spreading the flu, is to get vaccinated each year. Over past flu seasons, estimated influenza-associated deaths ranged from approximately 3,300 to 49,000. Yet, each year, many people choose not to get vaccinated.

Preventing the flu by way of vaccination has proven to be highly effective. The CDC reports that "during the 2012-2013 flu season, 45 percent of the U.S. population got vaccinated, helping to prevent an estimated 6.6 million flu-related illnesses, 3.2 million flu-related medical visits and 79,000 hospitalizations." In the workplace, employers can play an important role in preventing the flu by educating employees on the importance of getting a flu vaccine, and hosting flu clinics. A flu-free staff will not only protect employees' health, but will reduce loss in productivity and revenue.

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So, what should you do if you contract the flu? The CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, and to also limit contact with others as much as possible to prevent the spread of the disease. If you need to leave home, it is recommended to wear a facemask if you have one, or cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. It is also important to wash your hands often to avoid spreading the flu to others.

As long as the flu is circulating, it's not too late to get vaccinated. However, keep in mind that the vaccine typically takes two weeks for antibodies to develop and begin protecting the body from the virus, so it is recommended to get the vaccine before the disease spreads to your community. If you haven't gotten a flu vaccine this season, talk to your healthcare provider today. If you're an employer, consider hosting a flu clinic for your employees. Together, we can stop the flu dead in its tracks.

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