Have You Had Your Flu Shot?

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October 8, 2010


Why should I have one?
Influenza (flu) is a contagious disease that is spread through sneezing, coughing or nasal secretions.   Some people such as the very young , elderly, and people with health conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease are at risk for becoming much sicker and could even die as a result. Getting vaccinated protects you and those around you.

Who should have one?
Anyone 6 months of age and older should have a flu shot as soon as they become available. You should be vaccinated every year. Adults and older children need one dose per year but some children younger than 9 may need 2 doses. Ask your pediatrician for more information.

Who should not have one?
Although allergies to the flu vaccine are rare, be sure to tell your provider if you have any severe life-threatening allergies. If you have ever had severe reaction to a flu vaccine or have a severe egg allergy, you should not have the vaccine. If you have ever had Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome you should discuss the risks and benefits of having the vaccine with your provider.
If you are moderately, or severely ill, you should wait to have the vaccine. However, those with mild illnesses such as colds may take the vaccine.

What should I expect after receiving the vaccine?
You may have a minor localized reaction at the site of the injection. It may turn red and become sore. Warm compresses will help resolve this over 1-2 days. You cannot get the flu by taking the vaccine.
 
* - article source, Center for Disease Control
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