Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. In 2017, a study inPediatrics was the first of its kind to show that flu vaccination also significantly reduced a child’s risk of dying from influenza. The more people get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women, and people with certain long-term health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.
Call your doctor's office to schedule your flu shot. The health department, walk in clinics, and possibly your employer are offering the vaccinations, as well.
Jessica Floyd, RN BSN,
Barfield Elementary School Nurse,
615-904-3810 x 22521