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Some Not-So-Fun Flu Facts So You Get Your Shot This Year

Get your flu shot and dodge getting sick this winter. (Photo courtesy of Darren Braun)

We know, you barely have time to brush your hair in the morning let alone figure out when to get a flu shot. But these stats released from the Walgreens Flu Report might have you moving some things around on your schedule this year. Check out a few below:

  • Last year 11 million vacations were missed (bummer!), a big jump from 4.7 million in 2011.
  • U.S. employees missed, on average, three days of work from a flu-related illness in 2012-2013, up from just one day in 2010-2011.
  • 17 million holiday events were missed, compared to 4.7 million in 2011.
  • Hot date? Approximately 13.8 million dates or other occasions were canceled because of the flu–up from 5.1 million in 2011.

Talk about a buzzkill to your social life! And don't put off your flu shot until November or later. Survey results show that 79 percent of Americans think it takes ten days or less for your body to build up its immunity after getting a flu shot, but it can actually take up to 14 days. Find a Walgreens pharmacy here to schedule your flu shot, because no one wants to bag an island getaway in the dead of winter.

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