With the start of fall, flu season has officially arrived. Up to 20 percent of Americans come down with the flu each year with varying symptoms. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to help protect yourself against this contagious respiratory illness. One way to lessen your chances of contracting a serious case of the flu is by getting the flu vaccine (also known as the flu shot).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu vaccine for those 6 months and older, with few exceptions such as those with allergies to the ingredients in the vaccine or the vaccine itself. The flu shot works by giving your body the chance to build up an immune response against the flu virus by producing antibodies.
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