The Best Way To Prevent The Flu Is To Get Vaccinated
Each flu season, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on vaccine issues, recommends an annual influenza vaccination. That means you should get your loved ones and yourself vaccinated.
Note: No one vaccine is right for everyone, so talk to your doctor about which is best.
For the latest flu information go to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention or click here
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Why Get A Flu Shot?
Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every year, usually between October and May.
Flu is caused by influenza viruses, and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing and close contact.
Anyone can get the flu. Flu strikes suddenly and can last several days. Symptoms vary by age, but can include:
runny or stuffy nose
Each year thousands of people in the United States die from flu, and many more are hospitalized.
The Flu is more dangerous for some people
Flu can also lead to pneumonia and blood infections, and cause diarrhea and seizures in children. If you have a medical condition, such as heart or lung disease, flu can make it worse.
Infants and young children, people 65 years of age or older, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions or a weakened immune system are at greatest risk.
Flu vaccine can:
keep you from getting flu
make flu less severe if you do get it, and
keep you from spreading flu to your family and other people.
A dose of flu vaccine is recommended every flu season
There is no live flu virus in flu shots. They cannot cause the flu.
There are many flu viruses, and they are always changing. Each year a new flu vaccine is made to protect against three or four viruses that are likely to cause disease in the upcoming flu season. But even when the vaccine doesn’t match exactly these viruses, it may still provide some protection.
Flu vaccine cannot prevent:
Flu that is caused by a virus not covered by the vaccine
illnesses that look like flu but are not
It takes about 2 weeks for protection to develop after vaccination, and protection lasts through the flu season.