ANCHOR LEAD: It's the time of year when certain diseases like the flu start making their way around the classroom and the office. Now's the time to plan ahead and take necessary precautions to help keep you and your family members healthy throughout the coming months. Brian Osuch has more. (:60)
SCRIPT: Health Care Now, I'm Brian Osuch. (SFX: Sneeze and cough) Flu season has begun potentially causing five to 20% of Americans to experience chills, coughs, body aches and high temperatures. Beth Battaglino, CEO of HealthyWomen, says that's why it's important to get vaccinated against flu and other diseases.
CUT: (Battaglino) The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot each year to help maintain their health and wellness. Additionally, the CDC recommends vaccines to help prevent more than 15 diseases throughout a person's lifetime.
SCRIPT: So in addition to the flu vaccine, ask your health care provider about other vaccines that may be recommended for you and your family.
CUT: (Battaglino) Vaccines are not just for children. There are vaccines that are recommended for pre-teens/teens and adults. As the flu season kicks off, it is a good time to talk to your health care provider about the flu vaccine and other vaccines recommended for you and your family. Visit LifetimeofVaccines.com to learn more.
SCRIPT: For more information, go to LifetimeofVaccines.com. That's Health Care Now from Merck. I'm Brian Osuch.
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