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Get the whole family vaccinated against influenza every year!


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Don’t take chances with your family’s health –
make sure you all get vaccinated against influenza every year!


Here’s how influenza can hurt your family...

Influenza can make you, your children, or your parents really sick.

Influenza usually comes on suddenly. Symptoms can include high fever, chills, headaches, exhaustion, sore throat, cough, and all-over body aches. Some people say, “It felt like a truck hit me!” Symptoms can also be mild. Regardless, when influenza strikes your family, the result is lost time from work and school.

Influenza spreads easily from person to person.

An infected person can spread influenza when they cough, sneeze, or just talk near others. They can also spread it by touching or sneezing on an object that someone else touches later. An infected person doesn’t have to feel sick to be contagious: they can spread influenza to others when they feel well — before their symptoms have even begun.

Influenza and its complications can be so serious that they can put you, your children, or your parents in the hospital — or lead to death.

Each year, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized in the U.S. from influenza and its complications. Between 3,000 and 50,000 die, which shows how unpredictable influenza can be. The people most likely to be hospitalized and die are infants, young children, older adults, and people of all ages who have conditions such as heart or lung disease. But remember, it’s not only the youngest, oldest, or sickest who die: Every year influenza kills people who were otherwise healthy.

Influenza can be a very serious disease for you, your family, and friends – but you can all be protected by getting vaccinated.

There’s no substitute for yearly vaccination in protecting the people you love from influenza. Vaccination will help keep you and your loved ones safe from a potentially deadly disease. Get vaccinated every year, and make sure your children and your parents are vaccinated, too.

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Get your children vaccinated!
Be sure your parents get vaccinated, too!

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Technical content reviewed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, November 2008.

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