Have you been asking yourself whether or not you should get an influenza vaccine? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your answer should be "yes." The CDC now recommends that everyone six months and older get a flu shot this year — and every year.
Last year, 43 percent of the U.S. population got the influenza vaccine, which is higher than years past. However, the CDC would like to see the number grow this flu season. Unlike the 2009 flu pandemic where flu shots were hard to find, this year there are more than enough influenza vaccines to go around. More than 85 million doses of influenza vaccine are already available in doctors' offices, public health clinics, pharmacies and retail stores, and the CDC expects influenza vaccine manufacturers to provide a total 166 million doses this flu season, which is up from the 157 million doses distributed last year.
And you don't even have to go to the doctor to get one, as all U.S. states now allow pharmacists to administer the flu shot.