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Put simply, getting vaccinated is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health.

The flu

JAB. JAB. JAB. Two or three strains of the flu make the rounds every year. Not only is the viral infection vicious, it can be lethal in otherwise healthy people. Experts say the best way to guard against the seasonal scourge and influenza-related pneumonia is to get the flu shot.

Pneumonia

THE PNEUMONIA VACCINE: WHO KNEW? Each year, pneumonia is responsible for over 625 deaths in Ontario. Children and those over 65 are hardest hit; those with chronic disease such as asthma and COPD run a serious risk; but no one is immune. The good news?

The facts

FLU OR FALSE? Influenza (flu) and pneumonia combine to be the 7th leading cause of death in Canada, and people affected by lung conditions are at a higher risk. Luckily, one of the most effective ways to help prevent flu and pneumonia infections is with vaccinations.