Indiana University School of Medicine Pediatrics Professor Aaron Carroll in a recent piece published on the New York Times urges Americans to take up arms against the flu by getting vaccinated.
In her write up, Carroll cites flu numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which estimate between 9.2 and 35.6 million people have been infected with the flu since 2010.
“Although I devote some of my articles to telling you not to worry so much about some diseases or other risks, influenza is one thing you actually should worry about,” Carroll writes. “It’s terrible; it’s also far too common.”
CDC estimates suggest the flu shot between 2015-16 prevented more than five million flu cases, 2.5 million medical-related visits and 70,000-plus hospitalizations. Some 3,000 deaths were likely averted due to the flu shot, too, according to the CDC.
“If just 5 percent more people would have been immunized, we could have probably avoided an additional 500,000 illnesses, 230,000 medical visits and 6,000 hospitalizations,” Carroll writes.
To read Carroll’s full write up on the flu, click here.