CDC: Flu shot prevents doctor visits by 23 percent

CDC: Flu shot prevents doctor visits by 23 percent

(WMBF) - The flu vaccine reduced a person's risk of having to go to the doctor because of the virus by 23 percent among people of all ages, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since CDC began conducting annual studies in 2004-2005, overall estimates for each season have ranged from 10 percent to 60 percent effectiveness in preventing medical visits associated with the seasonal influenza illness.

Within the first 10 days of 2015, in South Carolina, more than 4,000 confirmed flu cases were reported, according to DHEC. Flu cases were considered "widespread activity," as reported by the department.

CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine even during season's when drifted viruses are circulating because vaccination can still prevent some infections and can reduce severe disease that can lead to hospitalization and death.

For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

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