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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu shot for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu.*
The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.
- Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
- Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
- Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food
What’s Fiction, What’s Fact?
Fiction: I’m pretty healthy and hardly ever get sick. I don’t need a flu shot.
Fact: Even healthy people can get the flu. The flu can cause serious health problems, especially for those who already have a chronic illness or are too young to be vaccinated. If you catch and spread the flu to someone, it can cause a life-threatening health problem.
Fiction: The flu shot can give me the flu.
Fact: You can’t get the flu from the flu shot. The injectable vaccine is made from killed viruses that can’t cause the flu. The most common side effect from the flu shot is mild soreness where the injection was given. This usually goes away within a day or two.
Fiction: The flu isn’t a big deal. Besides, you can’t do anything about it.
Fact: The flu can be severe and sometimes life-threatening. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on average the flu causes approximately 36,000 deaths and 226,000 hospitalizations each year. Getting a shot each year helps protect you against catching and spreading the flu.
Fiction: I was vaccinated against the flu years ago. I don’t need to get vaccinated again.
Fact: Flu viruses change over time. Because of this, a new vaccine must be made each year. You will still have protection even if the viruses change after you’ve had your shot. If you get the shot and then get the flu, you won’t get as sick. That’s why you need to get a flu shot every year to protect yourself and those around you.
Who Should Get Vaccinated
Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
When to Get Vaccinated
Yearly flu vaccination should begin in September or as soon as vaccine is available and continue throughout the influenza season into December, January and beyond. This is because the timing and duration of influenza seasons vary. While influenza outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time influenza activity peaks in January or later.
*Careworks provides flu shots to children starting at 3 years of age but only if it is not the child’s first dose of flu vaccine.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Seasonal Influenza Info.
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