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Why you should get a flu shot

Everyone 6 months old and older should get a flu vaccine every year

Here are some things to consider when making a decision about whether to get a flu vaccine. Every year, the flu causes an average of 36,000 deaths and more than 200,000 flu-related hospitalizations.

Are you young and healthy?

  • Getting a flu vaccine is a part of a healthy lifestyle, just like eating well and exercising.
  • It protects others. Even if you don’t get very sick with the flu, you can still give it to someone who is at higher risk of serious illness.

Are you pregnant?

  • During pregnancy your immune system changes and you can’t fight the flu easily. You’ll have a higher risk of serious flu complications.
  • Unborn babies can be seriously harmed by the flu.
  • There also is a risk of pregnancy loss.

Do you have diabetes?

  • If you have diabetes and get the flu, you are at risk of serious complications.
  • Diabetes makes it harder for your body to fight germs and sickness. The flu also can make your diabetes worse.
  • Getting sick can make it harder for your body to control blood sugar.
  • About 30 percent of those who are hospitalized with the flu have diabetes.

Do you have asthma or COPD?

  • People who have asthma or COPD are at risk of serious flu complications.
  • Your airways are already sensitive and swollen. The flu can make this worse.
  • Flu in the lungs can cause asthma attacks and make your symptoms worse.
  • You also are more likely to get pneumonia after the flu than those who don’t have asthma.

If you have questions about the flu or the flu shot, email contactknovasolutions@workpartners.com or call 1-800-355-0885. We are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MT.