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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Faces of Influenza

Julie Bowen

Our guest blogger, Julie Bowen, stars in the acclaimed hit ABC comedy Modern Family as harried suburban mom “Claire,” opposite Ty Burrell and Ed O’Neill. She is also the national spokesperson for Faces of Influenza, a national influenza awareness initiative conducted in collaboration with the American Lung Association and Sanofi Pasteur.

Hopefully by now you all know me as Claire on Modern Family.  But what you may not know, is that I’m also a “face” of influenza.

If fact, we all are “faces” of influenza and it is recommended that we all get vaccinated this and every year. Influenza is a serious health threat that can cause hospitalization and death. It’s easily spread, so we’re all at risk of contracting the virus.

If I get sick, I’ll have to miss work and the last thing I want is to pass the flu on to my husband and three little boys.  That’s why I make sure everyone in my household gets vaccinated.

If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, do it now.  It only takes a minute and in about two weeks you will be protected against the flu virus.

And for those of you who are afraid of getting shots — it really doesn’t hurt.  I was so proud of my boys this year as they each got the vaccination without one tear.  The pediatrician made it super easy for us too — he vaccinated my husband and me when we took the boys for their shots.  But these days, you can get the flu shot practically anywhere.

To learn more about Faces of Influenza, visit www.facesofinfluenza.org.

Posted by: WebMD Blogs at 9:18 am

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