A Shot In The Arm (Preserve & Protect)

It will be more effective this year. That’s what health experts are saying about the flu vaccine.

Last year’s vaccine was widely considered a bust, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is hoping people are still willing to roll up their sleeves this flu season.

“Get vaccinated,” CDC Director Thomas Frieden said at a press conference about the upcoming flu season. “That’s the best way to protect yourself, your family and your community against flu.”

Frieden received a flu shot during the news conference and shared his thoughts on the flu bug, which you can watch by clicking on the Associated Press video below.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden, right, receives a flu shot from nurse B.K. Morris during an event about the flu vaccine, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington. It's time for flu shots again, and health officials expect to avoid a repeat of the misery last winter, when immunizations weren't a good match for a nasty surprise strain. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Every year, about 24,000 people die and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications, according to the CDC.

Despite those numbers, only about half the people in the country typically receive a flu shot. From CBS News:

More than 170 million doses of flu vaccine are expected to be available this year, with options ranging from traditional shots, a nasal spray, a high-dose version for seniors and even a needle-free injection for the squeamish.”

“It doesn’t matter which flu vaccine you get,” Frieden said, ” just get one.”

Are you willing to give the flu vaccine another shot this year or will you be among the roughly 50 percent of Americans who will skip it? Let us know and share your thoughts on why.

 

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