Who Benefits from Getting a Flu Shot?
Getting the flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, there are many important benefits, such as:
1. Flu Vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
2. Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of COVID-19.
Overall, the flu shot benefits everyone who gets it and prevents millions of infections and flu-related doctor visits a year. During 2019-2020, flu vaccinations prevented an estimated 7.5 million flu illnesses, 3.7 million flu-related medical visits, 105,000 flu-related hospitalizations and 6,300 flu-related deaths.i The flu shot is a quick, relatively painless, and cost-effective procedure that will help you avoid flu infections in the future. Flu shot benefits include:
- Flu vaccinations can prevent you getting sick from the flu and reduce the risk of flu-related hospitalization for adults, children and older adults.
- Flu shots can greatly reduce the risk of children dying from the flu.
- Flu vaccination helps prevent flu in people with chronic health conditions, who are at a higher risk for flu-related complications.
- Getting a flu shot can protect others around you that are more vulnerable to flu-related illnesses like babies, the elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic health conditions.
- Flu vaccinations can reduce the severity of the flu even if you do get it.
- Flu shots help protect pregnant women during and after pregnancy. The flu vaccination also helps protect the babies from flu for a few months after birth when they're not old enough to get any vaccinations.
- Getting a flu shot helps you protect vulnerable groups who cannot get a flu shot.ii