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Vaccine Before Halloween!

​Flu vaccination reduces the risk of illness ​by 40-60%, and may reduce your symptoms if you get sick​ ​​​CDC

Flu ​vaccinations are a hallmark of nearly all worksite wellness programs, with top employers even bringing nurses to employee desks.  In the U.S., hospital and doctor's visits and medications from the flu cost $4.6 billion per year, and U.S. employees face an estimated $7 BILLION a year in sick days and lost productivity. NIOSH

This translates to your freelance business.

The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. CDC

The CDC estimates during the '16–'17 season, flu vaccine prevented 5.3 million illnesses, 2.6 million medical visits, and 85,000 hospitalizations associated with influenza.​​

Who should get a shot?

The CDC recommends everyone over 6 months old gets a flu vaccine by the end of October of each year, or as soon as possible after that. U.S. flu activity typically peaks between December and February. The body takes 2 weeks after vaccination to make enough antibodies to prevent illness.

Where can I get one?

Flu shots are available at many major pharmacies near you. The CDC flu vaccine finder​ makes simple to find the location that works best for you!

Did you get vaccinated this year? Have you ever skipped your vaccination and wished you hadn't? Leave a comment below!

​True or False: You can get the flu from a flu vaccination

FALSE. And feeling sick is not how you know the shot worked. In randomized, blinded studies where some patients got flu shots and others got salt-water injections, there were no differences between groups in body aches, cough, fever, sore throat, or other flu-like symptoms. The only difference was increased arm soreness and redness at the injection site.

Most people do not feel any side effects, which are typically mild and last less than two days.

TED-Ed has a great video on how vaccines work.

Vaccinations are important!

New surveillance data from 2017-2018 doesn't come out until later this Fall, but according to the CDC, the '16-'17 season saw:

  • 25 million flu cases
  • 11 million flu-related hospital visits
  • 140,000-710,000 flu hospitalizations
  • 12,000 pneumonia and influenza deaths.

After applying their 2017 severity classification methods to all flu seasons since '03-'04, the CDC classified '17-'18 as the first "high severity" season across all age groups.

Having more people vaccinated protects vulnerable people who would need hospitalization from flu symptoms. Increasing vaccination rate from 36% to 41% could prevent half a million more flu cases and 6,000 hospitalizations.

Call your healthcare provider or local clinic about the flu shot today!

​The flu shot is strongly indicated during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

 Egg allergies do not necessarily mean you can't or shouldn't get a flu shot.

​I'm dedicated to using a data-driven approach to freelance and small business wellness- I want you to make decisions that work for the productivity and enjoyment of your business. For more information, visit CDC Flu FAQ, Summary of the 2017-2018 Flu Season, and CDC Flu Vaccine Misconceptions.

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About the Author

Reggie Wilson is the founder of Fit for Freelance. He's a certified worksite wellness program manager, certified online trainer etc., but he's really just a guy who loves health science and helping people lead their best lives. Read more about him here

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