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This year, an emphasis has been placed on the Coronavirus due to the widespread infection rate and the resultant deaths. However, influenza still remains a concern and it is important to keep this in mind. The CDC recommends the flu vaccination for everyone 6 months of age and older to help reduce flu illnesses and to prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths. Annual vaccinations are recommended to provide “optimal” or best protection against the flu because an individual’s immune protection from the vaccination declines over time. According to the CDC, “flu viruses are constantly changing, so the vaccine composition is reviewed each year and updated as needed based on which influenza viruses are making people sick.” If you have not had your vaccination this year, please consider rolling up your sleeve to protect yourselves and those around you.