Flu vaccine prevents millions of illnesses and flu-related doctor’s visits each year. During 2018-2019, flu vaccination prevented an estimated 4.4 million influenza illnesses, 2.3 million influenza-associated medical visits, 58,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations, and 3,500 influenza-associated deaths (source: cdc.gov). This year, it is more important than ever that everyone gets a flu shot, so we are happy to share this announcement.
DuPage County, the DuPage Health Coalition, and Walgreens have partnered to offer FREE FLU VACCINES TO UNINSURED RESIDENTS.
Here’s what you need to know:
To learn how you can participate and request a flu voucher, or for more info, visit accessdupage.org/flu
How effective is the flu vaccine?
The CDC conducts studies each year to determine how well influenza (flu) vaccine protects against flu illness. While vaccine effectiveness (VE) can vary, recent studies show that flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60% among the overall population during seasons when most circulating flu viruses are well-matched to the flu vaccine. In general, current flu vaccines tend to work better against influenza B and influenza A(H1N1) viruses and offer lower protection against influenza A(H3N2) viruses. See “Does flu vaccine effectiveness vary by type or subtype?” and “Why is flu vaccine typically less effective against influenza A H3N2 viruses?” for more information.