Vaccines are Critical to Help Prevent Outbreak of Seasonal Flu

Vaccines are Critical to Help Prevent Outbreak of Seasonal Flu

12.05.12 | By

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New warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about an early flu season has a lot of people talking about the need for Americans to vaccinate themselves. Not only has the flu season come early, the CDC has said that it is shaping up to be a bad one.

The good news is that the vaccination rate in the U.S. for this year's flu virus is at its highest rate, providing protection for some of our nation's most vulnerable populations. According to CDC statistics, while 112 million Americans have been vaccinated this year, on average, 24,000 Americans die from the flu each year. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months or older get vaccinated.

Biopharmaceutical research companies have helped arm Americans with vaccines to help prevent an outbreak of the flu from occurring. But the fact that only one-third of the U.S. population has vaccinated themselves this year means that many Americans, particularly seniors, are not fully protected against this year's bad flu virus.

We urge those who should get vaccinated to go to your health care provider for more information.

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