Flu Season is Just Around the Corner

October 13, 2010 at 3:20 pm Leave a comment

For many people, fall is a time to tune into sports, tackle new projects and even plan for the holidays. But, it also means flu season is on the way.

The first and most important step in protecting against the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyone six months of age and older be vaccinated.

The 2010-2011 vaccine (both the shot and the nasal spray) provides protection against the three flu viruses that are expected to be most common, including H1N1 and two seasonal flu viruses.

When you get vaccinated against the flu, you:

  • Protect yourself, your family, your friends and others around you
  • Help protect children younger than six months of age who are too young to get vaccinated themselves
  • Reduce the chance of you spreading the flu to those who are at high risk from serious flu complications.

As more people are vaccinated against the flu, less flu will spread through your community.  Getting the flu vaccine soon after it becomes available in your community is always best, and the protection you get from vaccination will last throughout the flu season.

Where to get the flu vaccine

You can find flu vaccines at local pharmacies, retail stores and health departments, as well as at your doctor’s office or clinic. Don’t forget to ask your children’s doctor, nurse or clinic about getting your kids vaccinated, too. And remind your friends and relatives to get vaccinated as well.

Who shouldn’t get the flu shot?

Don’t get a flu shot if you have had an allergic reaction to the vaccine in the past; are allergic to eggs; have a fever; or, developed Guillain-Barre syndrome, a serious autoimmune disease affecting the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, within six weeks of receiving the vaccine in the past.

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Entry filed under: Managing your health, Pharmacy.

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