Even if you aren’t at high risk, a high community vaccination rate protects everyone. This year it’s especially important to keep flu transmission low to reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CDC reported that approximately 49 percent of the US population chose to get a flu vaccine during the 2018-2019 flu season, and this prevented an estimated:
- 4.4 million flu illnesses, more than the population Los Angles.
- 58,000 flu hospitalizations, about the number of students at Ohio State University.
- 3,500 flu deaths, equivalent to saving about 10 lives per day over the course of a year.
And we weren't in the middle of a public health crisis.