Is it better to get the flu vaccine or the flu?

Influenza leads to hospitalizations and deaths every year. However, the flu vaccine only causes mild side effects that usually are better within a day or two. The risk of developing severe flu related complications is much greater than the risk of flu vaccine side effects.

Making sure you and your family are vaccinated each year is the safest way to protect against the flu. The benefits of getting vaccinated against the flu far outweigh the risks.

CDC – Misconceptions about Seasonal Flu and Flu Vaccines
Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia – A Look at Each Vaccine: Influenza Vaccine


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The vaccine’s safety was studied in approximately 3,100 children ages 5 through 11 who received the vaccine and no serious side effects have been detected in the ongoing study…
Minors, 5 through 17 years of age, need parental consent to be vaccinated…


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