The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against influenza is to get a flu vaccine every flu season.

Flu illness is more dangerous than the common cold for children and can lead to serious illness, hospitalization or even death. Children younger than 5 and children of any age with certain long-term health problems are at high risk of flu complications like pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections. The flu vaccine is safe and helps protect children from the flu.

Virginia Aparicio is Health and Human Science educator with Purdue Extension Elkhart County. She can be reached at 574-533-0554 or vaparici@purdue.edu.

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