Veterans honored with free flu shots

(WTNH) —- American Family Care will be offering veterans free flu shots today in the wake of Veteran’s Day and National Flu Prevention week.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States saw a lower percentage of flu-like illness, hospitalization rates, and deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza. Although American Family Care has worked to minimize flu outbreaks, veterans are still at risk.

Out of 19.4 million veterans, approximately 750,000 do not have insurance coverage. With many U.S. veterans having more chronic health problems at an older age, they are placed at a higher risk for complications from influenza. Additionally, influenza diseases cause an estimated 225,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths annually which are mostly among chronically ill or elderly people.

A survey from the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics revealed that only 49 percent of veterans received a flu vaccination. Dr. Jeremy Allen, of American Family Care, explains his aim to help veterans.

With dozens of clinics near military bases across the U.S., we want to do everything we can to serve those who have served our country.”

 

Veterans who are interested in getting a free flu shot today should visit AFCUrgentCare.com to find their nearest clinic.

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