Summary of “The Flu Nearly Killed Him. Now He Says ‘Get The Vaccine'”

Charlie Hinderliter wasn’t opposed to the flu shot.
Now, after 58 days in the hospital, a week in a medically induced coma, two surgeries and three weeks in a nursing home, he’s speaking out to encourage everyone to do something he’d never done before: Get a flu shot.
It’s hard to say why the flu hit Hinderliter so hard.
His primary care doctor, Kevin King at Mercy Clinic in St. Louis County, says there are several factors that can predispose people to complications from the flu including a weakened immune system and age.
About 70 percent of hospitalizations and 90 percent of flu-related deaths occurred in people over 65 in the 2017-2018 flu season, according to the CDC. Hinderliter was an otherwise healthy 38-year-old.
King says the flu shot is important even at times, like last winter, when the season’s flu shot was not particularly effective.
The flu vaccine doesn’t offer complete protection; the CDC estimates that flu vaccination reduces the risk of the virus by about 40 to 60 percent.
In September, for the first time he can remember, he got a flu shot.

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