(StatePoint) In the 2019-2020 flu season, influenza caused up to 22,000 deaths in the U.S. This year, with so many medical resources being used to care for COVID-19 patients, it’s especially important to protect yourself from the flu.

The annual flu vaccine can help protect you from the flu and lessen severe flu symptoms. It’s not too late to get a flu shot, and there are a number of reasons you should get yours now, if you haven’t already.