Influenza, or the flu, is a serious contagious respiratory illness. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated every year. During the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing flu vaccination coverage is especially important. While all age groups over 6 months remain priorities for vaccination, additional emphasis this flu season will be on adults at higher risk from COVID-19 complications. This includes American Indian and Alaska Native populations, adults with underlying illnesses, and those who are considered essential workers or otherwise contribute to critical industries, services, or infrastructure.
People who get the flu vaccine are not only protecting themselves, but also reducing the risk of spreading the flu to others. Vaccination against the flu is especially important for American Indians and Alaska Natives, who have been found to be at high risk of developing complications from the flu. Studies have shown that people who get vaccinated will have fewer flu illnesses and doctor visits and miss less work due to influenza. Vaccination also reduces the risk of flu-related hospitalizations.
Protect yourself, your family, and your community by getting your vaccination today. Call Forest County Potawatomi Health and Wellness Center at 715-478-4339