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American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) are at high risk for flu complications
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    A yearly flu vaccine protects yourself and others around you

    Flu is a leading cause of pneumonia

    Flu and pneumonia rank among the top 10 causes of death for American Indians and Alaska Natives

    American Indians and Alaska Natives are more likely to die from pneumonia and flu than other races.

    Across the U.S., the flu causes more than 200,000 hospitalizations each year.

    American Indians and Alaska Natives are at higher risk than others for:

    • Pneumonia and bronchitis

    • Hospitalization

    • Death

    The flu poses a greater risk to:

    • Young children and elders

    • Pregnant women

    • People with diabetes, extreme obesity, heart disease, or asthma and other lung problems

    Flu symptoms can include:

    • Fatigue (feeling very tired)

    • Fever*

    • Body aches or headaches

    • Runny or stuffy nose

    • Chills

    • Cough

    • Sore throat

    *You can still have the flu and be contagious without a fever

    Benefits of Flu Vaccination

    During the 2014-15 season, flu vaccination prevented2 an estimated:

    • 1.9 million influenza-associated illnesses—greater than the population of the city of Philadelphia.

    • 966,000 flu-associated medical visits—as many people as can fit in Manhattan’s Time Square

    • 67,000 flu hospitalizations—as many people as Seattle’s Seahawk stadium can seat

    Take 3 Steps to Fight the Flu:

    • Get a flu vaccine each year for everyone 6 months of age and older

    • Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs

    o Wash your hands often

    o Cover your coughs and sneezes

    • Take antiviral medicine if prescribed

    Get a Flu vaccine at:

    • Indian Health Service, tribal, or urban health clinics and doctor’s offices

    • Pharmacies or grocery stores

    • Community health fairs

    Ask your Community Health Representative or Community Health Aide for more information!

    Protect yourself. Protect your community.

    Get vaccinated. Protect the circle of life.


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