It’s not too late to get the flu shot.
While people who have been vaccinated can and do get the flu, your best protection is to get your flu shot every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Influenza vaccination, even with moderate effectiveness of about 60 percent, has been shown to also reduce the following: flu-related illness, antibiotic use, time lost from work, hospitalizations, and deaths.”
Yet, flu vaccination rates remain low. For 2009-2010, the season when H1N1 became a household term, vaccination rates were 28.8 percent for adults aged 18–49 years without high-risk conditions and 45.5 percent for adults aged 50–64 years without high-risk conditions. Among children, a recentstudy showed that less than 45 percent were vaccinated against the flu during a five-year study period.