The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially kicked off Flu Prevention Season in the United States. Every season, flu sickens millions of Americans, hospitalizes hundreds of thousands and kills tens of thousands. The flu vaccine is the best way to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications. Last season, more than 169 million doses of flu vaccine were distributed; the most ever distributed.

This year, Cullman Regional is offering multiple opportunities for community members to take advantage of the flu vaccine:

Getting vaccinated before flu activity begins helps protect you once flu season starts. According to the CDC, it takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body’s immune response to fully respond and for you to be protected, so make plans to get vaccinated. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October and advises people over the age of 65 receive the high-dosage vaccine, which is covered by Medicare.

Most insurance providers cover the flu vaccination or may charge a minimal co-pay. Check with your insurance provider to find out today.

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