Benefits Spotlight

August 2014: Cold, Flu & Immunizations

Before you know it – it’s cold and flu season. Every year the season's flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. When you start coughing you may assume it’s a cold or the flu – but that might not be the case.

Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is an endemic (common) disease in the United States, with peaks in disease every 3 to 5 years and frequent outbreaks. In 2012, 48,277 cases of pertussis were reported — and many more cases go unreported.

Talk to your doctor about immunizations. You’re not only protecting yourself when you are vaccinated, you’re protecting the infants and children around you that may not be able to fight off an illness like you can.

Want to know more? Take a moment to review the following information about vaccines. Then talk to your doctor about the best ways to protect your family.

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