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Each year, the flu strikes up to  1 out of 5 Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The infection spreads easily through tiny droplets in the air when someone coughs or sneezes. More than 200,000 people on average go to the hospital for flu-related complications each year. 

Getting a flu shot is your best protection. According to the CDC, during the 2017 flu season, vaccination prevented:

  • 7 million flu illnesses
  • Over 100,000 flu-related hospitalizations
  • 8,000 flu deaths

Just like eating heart-healthy foods, exercising regularly and following up with routine health visits can help protect your heart health, so can rolling up your sleeve and getting a flu shot each year. 

Get Your Flu Shot
Be sure to get a flu shot this season, ideally before people start getting the flu in your area. Check out the weekly flu activity in your state.
  • Last Edited 06/24/2022