• SOURCE: American Lung Association

Faces of Influenza



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ANCHOR LEAD: On average, 1 out of 5 Americans suffer from influenza every year. And every year, it's responsible for approximately 226,000 hospitalizations in the U.S. So this actress best known for her role as Dr. Elliot Reid on the hit TV show "Scrubs" wants to encourage all of us to get a flu shot this year and every year. (:60) SCRIPT: We're all "faces" of influenza and are at risk for contracting and spreading the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months of age and older. This means nearly everyone should be vaccinated this and every year. Mother and actress Sarah Chalke has joined the "Faces of Influenza" campaign to urge all family members to get vaccinated and to help protect themselves against the flu and spreading this serious disease to others who may be even more vulnerable. CUT: (Chalke) To help keep my young son and family protected from influenza, I make sure we all get our flu shots every year. SCRIPT: Influenza vaccination is safe and effective, and the best way to help prevent the flu. There are vaccine options available for every age – children, adults, and seniors. Speak with your health care provider to learn about the vaccine option that's right for you and your family this flu season. For more information, visit faces-of-influenza-dot-org. Brought to you by the American Lung Association in collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur.
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