It’s that time of year. It’s time to get your flu shot. Maybe you don’t think you need a flu shot. Let’s exam why you probably do need that shot.
In any given year, nearly 20% of the US population will get the flu. On average 200,000 people will be hospitalized because of complications related to the flu. Deaths from flu-related causes range from 3,000 to 49,000. Influenza and pneumonia were the eighth leading cause of death in men in 2009.