Fever. Sore throat. Muscle aches. Cough. Headache. If you’re experiencing any of these flu symptoms, chances are you aren’t alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), between five and 20 percent of the population in the United States gets the flu every year. More than 200,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized from flu complications annually.

 While the flu peaks between December and February, the flu season can last as long as October to May. Fight back against the flu by getting vaccinated during National Influenza Vaccination Week.

Here are just a few reasons why you should get vaccinated:

•The CDC calls the flu vaccine, which can be administered through shot or nasal spray, the “single best way to prevent the flu.”

•If you do contract the flu, the vaccine will help lessen its severity.

•The vaccine will keep you from spreading the flu to co-workers, family, friends and others.

Don’t wait! Join CTEH in signing the CDC Flu Vaccination Pledge for National Influenza Vaccination Week. For more information about the flu vaccine, contact your local healthcare provider or visit cdc.gov/flu.