Before flu meets

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it's time for
MyShot.

It’s not “just the flu”

The flu is a big deal, and there’s more to it than you might expect. It can worsen symptoms of chronic health conditions, such as lung or heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Multiple studies have shown an increased risk of heart attack and stroke following a flu infection.

That means the flu can be deadly for anyone, including adults 50 years of age and older who more often have one or more chronic health conditions. Health officials prioritize vaccination for people aged 50 and older, because they are identified as at increased risk for severe complications from the flu. Given the severity of recent flu seasons, now is the time to do everything you can to help protect yourself.

Flu Stats
A study estimates more than 80 percent of adults who were hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed flu had one or more chronic health conditions.
In recent seasons 85 percent of all estimated flu-related hospitalizations occurred in adults 50 years of age and older.
Flu can be linked to six of the top 10 causes of hospitalization in adults aged 65 and older.
Estimated annual deaths related to the flu are higher in adults ages 50 and older.
In people with type 2 diabetes, getting the flu shot has led to a decrease in being admitted to the hospital for: stroke (30 percent), heart failure (22 percent), pneumonia or influenza (15 percent), and all-cause death (24 percent).
Deaths from stroke and diabetes mellitus were 65 percent and 55 percent less likely to happen, respectively, when patients got a flu shot.

Give it a shot

Whatever your age, you have every reason to get a flu shot. It might be a spouse. A child. A grandchild. Big plans. Little plans. Or all of the above.

Vaccination remains the best way to help protect against the flu, reduce the chance of serious illness or hospitalization, and avoid potentially dangerous complications. Even if you’re not worried about yourself, remember: The flu shot also helps protect the people around you. It’s important, and it’s worth talking with your doctor about flu shot options that may be right for you.

Talk to your doctor

Know the risks

While anyone can get the flu, certain groups are at increased risk of flu-related infection and complications, including young children, pregnant women, and adults 50 years of age and older.

The stakes are especially high for people living with chronic health conditions such as:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease

Adults 50 years of age and older are more likely to have one or more chronic health conditions. The flu can make these and other conditions worse, causing serious life-changing and life-threatening illness. It happens to thousands of people every year, and we’re sharing a few of their stories here.

See their stories
Flu Quiz: Pick One

What percentage of adults aged 50-64 have one or more chronic illness?

  • 30
  • 50
  • 70
Flu Quiz: Answer

70
You’re Correct
The majority of people over age 50 have been diagnosed with a condition that can make the flu even more dangerous.

Flu Quiz: Pick One

After being diagnosed with an acute respiratory infection like the flu, a study found that the risk of suffering a heart attack is ___ times more likely within seven days of the infection.

  • A 2 times more likely
  • B 4 times more likely
  • C 6 times more likely
Flu Quiz: Answer

You’re Correct
After being diagnosed with an acute respiratory infection like the flu, a study found that the risk of suffering a heart attack is 6 times more likely within seven days of the infection.

Flu Quiz: Pick One

How many hospitalizations have resulted from influenza annually since 2010?

  • A 40,000
  • B 110,000
  • C more than 140,000
Flu Quiz: Answer

You’re Correct
More than 140,000 hospitalizations have resulted from influenza annually since 2010.