Influenza (commonly called the flu) is a serious respiratory infection that causes severe symptoms, as well as complications that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death.
"Flu Season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.
Getting a flu vaccine can protect you from contracting the influenza virus, and can help prevent its spread throughout your household and community.
As William Schaffner, professor and chairman of the Department of Preventative Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, says, "We vaccinate not only to protect ourselves, but to protect the people around us. And when people realize that means I can't give influenza to any member of my family or co-workers or my pals the gym or whatever, that gives them a lot of motivation, because no one wants to give anyone an illness."