Influenza, along with its complications, is a serious respiratory illness. On average, 36,000 Americans die and about 226,000 people are hospitalized each year. Vaccination is a safe and effective way to prevent influenza and its complications. Anyone who wants to prevent influenza in themselves or others should be vaccinated each year. Adults and children with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, weakened immune systems and diabetes are at increased risk for complications from influenza and should be immunized every year.
People 50 years of age and older, pregnant women, and children through 18 years of age, as well as their household contacts, should be vaccinated to help prevent influenza-related complications and the spread of this dangerous disease. Vaccination typically begins in October and can continue through March. In most seasons, influenza virus activity peaks in February or March, so vaccination throughout the entire influenza season is beneficial and recommended, as it only takes 2 weeks for the vaccine to take effect.
About the American Lung Association
Beginning our second century, the American Lung Association is the
leading organization working to prevent lung disease and promote lung
health. Lung disease death rates are currently increasing while other major
causes of death are declining. The American Lung Association funds vital
research on the causes of and treatments for lung disease. With the
generous support of the public, the American Lung Association is "Improving
life, one breath at a time." For more information about the American Lung
Association, a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity, or to support the work
it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or lo
|SOURCE American Lung Association|
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