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What is the best protection against the flu?

October 23, 2019

Dr. Bruce Gellin: By far the best protection
against the flu is the vaccine. A vaccine is created every year, anticipating which
strains of the virus will be circulating, and getting that every year, assures that
you got the best match, and that you’ve boosted your immune system so it’s ready
for the season. There are vaccines that are injected and vaccines that are given by nasal
spray. It’s important to know that neither of these vaccines can actually cause influenza.
We know that every year, between five and twenty percent of Americans are infected with
flu. We also know that the vaccine can be beneficial to everyone over six months of
age. And therefore, everybody over six months of age is recommended to get a flu vaccine
every year.

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