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iStock_000053842186_Full_960x342Whether we want to think about it or not, flu season is upon us. Fortunately flu activity is low in the US right now, but according to tracking managed by the CDC, there are early signs that activity is beginning to increase. And we all know what that means: messages everywhere you look about getting your flu shot. At Lockton, we’re no exception – we, too, want you to know how to protect yourself from the flu. (Read our alert.)

Despite what we know about the potential effectiveness of the flu vaccine, some people remain skeptical, avoiding the flu shot like most people avoid the plague.

Are you one of those people that think getting the flu is no big deal? If so, I urge you to think again. As much as 20 percent of US residents get the flu each year. Though the majority of these individuals will recover, many will not. In fact, the CDC estimates that from 1967-2007, flu-associated deaths ranged from 3,000 to 49,000 people annually. If you ask me, that’s definitely a big deal.

Last year’s flu vaccine wasn’t particularly effective, due to a flu virus that changed. As a result, we’re likely dealing with a healthy new dose of skepticism about flu shots this year. But don’t let that deter you from getting your flu shot. Even a flu vaccine that isn’t an exact match for circulating strains of flu can still provide some level of protection against related viruses.

 Still on the fence? Check out this piece from Employee Benefits News, debunking common myths about the flu shot.

 Now go get that shot.