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Alabama health groups urge people to get flu shot

Multiple Alabama health organizations are urging people to get their flu shots as soon as possible.

The Alabama Department of Public Health, the Alabama Hospital Association, the Medical Association of the State of Alabama and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama recently launched a No Time for Flu campaign with information about the flu and vaccine.

The vaccine is recommended for people age six months and up and getting it early in the flu season is best, the health advocates say, but getting vaccinated anytime during the flu season can provide protection.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Flu shots prevented an estimated 7.52 million illnesses, 3.69 million medical visits, 105,000 hospitalizations and 6,300 deaths nationwide during the 2019-2020 season;
  • One person with the flu can infect other people one day before any symptoms develop, and up to about seven days after a person becomes sick;
  • The virus can spread to others up to six feet away, mainly when people cough, sneeze or talk;
  • The flu causes U.S. employees to miss about 17 million workdays at an estimated $7 billion a year in sick days and lost productivity.

To learn more about flu prevention and for other helpful resources go tohttps://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/flu/campaign.html.

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