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Don’t let the flu ruin your day

There are so many things that can pop up and ruin your day. Don’t let the flu be one of them. By getting your flu shot, you can help protect yourself from the flu and its nasty complications.

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why this matters

Let’s face it – with 2+ years of looming COVID-19 restrictions and anxieties, many people haven’t worried about the flu. But this flu season could be dangerous for many reasons, including: unprecedented spikes in flu cases at the end of the last flu season, increased cases in the Southern Hemisphere (a good indicator for the Northern Hemisphere), and a return to in-person events.

We all need to do our part to:

Stop the flu in its tracks

The flu infects a lot of people. Last year alone, there were 7.4 million reported flu cases, as of May 28, 2022, in the U.S., and tens of thousands of people were hospitalized. The flu shot is our best shot, no pun intended, in helping to protect people against flu before it’s too late.

Help prevent other complications

Sometimes, the flu can become more than just the flu. It can lead to complications, including heart attacks, pneumonia, and strokes. It’s especially important for people who are at high risk, including those 50+ and people living with chronic conditions, to get their flu shot.

Help protect our loved ones

Nobody wants to get the flu, much less spread it to their loved ones. A flu shot lowers the chance of spreading the flu, which is especially important for older adults and those who are at high risk.

Not today

Every day, annoyances pop up that we have no control over. They can be the worst. Real day ruiners. But dealing with the flu doesn’t have to be one of those things. We can help take back control and help prevent the flu and the potentially serious complications that can come with it.

It’s more than the flu

While many haven’t been worried about the flu over the past few years, it’s important to remember the flu can be serious. Millions catch it every year, and some people are at risk for flu-related complications and hospitalizations.

Heart Disease
Heart Disease
Lung Disease
Lung Disease


The flu can cause more complications with age. Nearly 70% of flu-related hospitalizations in 2019 and 2020 were for adults 50+.



The flu can worsen asthma symptoms by increasing inflammation in the lungs. It can trigger asthma attacks and increase the risk for developing pneumonia.

Heart Disease

Heart Disease

The flu can be especially dangerous for those living with cardiovascular diseases, whether they know it or not. A ten-year study of 1,227 adults aged 40+ found that a first heart attack is about 10x more likely following a flu infection. It also examined 762 adults aged 40+ and showed an ~8x increase in the likelihood of first stroke following a flu infection.



Even when well-managed, people with diabetes (type 1, type 2, or gestational) are at an increased risk of serious flu-related complications. A previous study of 239 hospitalized flu patients showed that adults living with diabetes may be at a ~3x higher risk of hospitalization, 4x higher risk of ICU admission, and 2x higher risk of death after flu hospitalization.

Lung Disease

Lung Disease

The flu can worsen symptoms for people living with respiratory problems, such as COPD, asthma, or cystic fibrosis, and may lead to pneumonia.

flu disparities

The flu is serious, and many people are at an increased risk. Certain racial and ethnic minority groups – including Black, Latinx, and Indigenous Americans – are less likely to get flu vaccines and more likely to be hospitalized for flu-related complications.


Getting the flu vaccine can help us all stay healthy and reduce the risk of hospitalization due to flu-related illnesses.


When is the best time to get the flu shot?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting vaccinated before the flu begins to spread in your community. Traditionally, that has meant getting vaccinated in September or October. If you are unable to get a flu vaccine by the end of October, you should still plan to get a flu shot because flu cases have been known to spread into May. You should avoid getting the vaccine too early unless you are concerned you won’t be able to get vaccinated later.

Can I get the flu from the flu shot?

Flu shots do not cause the flu. The flu shots are made with either inactive flu viruses or a single flu virus protein, which cannot cause the flu.

Why do I need a flu shot?

On top of helping to keep you healthy, the flu shot is the best protection against the seasonal flu. It can help protect you, your family, your friends, and your community from dealing with the flu and its complications.

Can you get the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time?

According to the CDC, you can receive other vaccines, like the flu shot, on the same visit as your COVID-19 vaccine, as well as within 14 days of each other.

Will a flu vaccine protect me against COVID-19?

Flu vaccines do not protect against COVID-19.

Did you say
‘Not Today, Flu’?

Ok, you don’t have to say those words out loud, but if you got your flu shot, ANA is proud of you. And the only thing that could make it better is if you shout it from the (digital) rooftops! Share your flu vaccination status with the world and use #NotTodayFlu!

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