For many people, the flu shot has kept them healthy throughout multiple flu seasons; however, others have suffered through bouts of the “flu” after receiving the vaccine. Still, others avoid the flu shot altogether, claiming they contracted influenza in the past despite getting inoculated.
According to the CDC, approximately 200,000 people are hospitalized each year due to the flu or complications from it, and that number doesn’t account for individuals who suffer through their symptoms silently at home.
Seasonal flu affects approximately 5%-20% of the U.S. population each year. While many individuals will not contract influenza, it’s always recommended to take a proactive stance to avoid getting the flu.