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Preparing for Flu Season

Preparing for Flu Season

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Every year, influenza (flu) affects hundreds of thousands of individuals. More than 200,000 people suffering from the flu are admitted to a hospital each year and more than 20,000 of them die. Just last year, 105 children died from flu-related illness. Yet, every year, less than half of the U.S. population receives their flu vaccine, a shot that takes mere seconds to receive.

Getting a flu vaccine is one of the simplest and most basic things that can be done to keep ourselves, families and, as health care providers, our patients healthy during flu season.

This educational and compelling video from Texas Children’s Hospital conveys the importance of receiving the flu vaccine.

These three families all share their story with the hopes of educating other parents about the importance of vaccination for the flu. They have experienced tremendous trial, loss, and hardship and their lives have been forever changed. This video tells the stories of Emily Lastinger, Chloe Kramer and Billy Cary. Hopefully, by hearing their stories, these brave families can help other parents, families and individuals understand the seriousness of the flu and the importance of getting vaccinated.

Take this responsibility to heart. Get your flu shot. Make sure everyone in your family and your coworkers are vaccinated, and educate those around you about getting vaccinated. It’s truly the best personal protective equipment you can wear during flu season.

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