- Why should people get vaccinated
against the flu?
is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death.
Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people
differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it
to others. Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of
flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a
high of about 49,000 people. During recent flu seasons, between 80% and 90% of
flu related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. “Flu season” in
the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.
time, flu viruses are circulating at higher levels in the U.S. population. An
annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal spray flu
vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu
and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less
flu can spread through that community.
- Who should get vaccinated this
6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. This
recommendation has been in place since February 24, 2010 when CDC’s Advisory
Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu
vaccination in the United States to expand protection against the flu to more
to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk
of serious complications from influenza.
- Who Should Not Be Vaccinated?
flu vaccines are approved for use in different groups of people. Factors that
can determine a person's suitability for vaccination, or vaccination with a
particular vaccine, include a person's age, health (current and past) and any
relevant allergies, including an egg allergy.
- Where can I get a flu vaccine?
vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics,
health departments, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many
employers, and even in some schools.
you don’t have a regular doctor or nurse, you can get a flu vaccine somewhere
else, like a health department, pharmacy, urgent care clinic, and often your
school, college health center, or workplace.
Schedule an appointment with your primary doctor and get vaccinated. Go to ezdoctor.com to schedule your appointment, free of charge!
the benefits of flu vaccination?
well the flu vaccine works can vary, there are a lot of reasons to get a flu
vaccine each year.
vaccination can keep you from getting sick from flu. Protecting yourself from
flu also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu
vaccination can help protect people who are at greater risk of getting
seriously ill from flu, like older adults, people with chronic health
conditions and young children (especially infants younger than 6 months old who
are too young to get vaccinated).
vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
vaccination can reduce the risk of more serious flu outcomes, like
A recent study showed that flu vaccine reduced children’s
risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission by 74%
during flu seasons from 2010-2012.
One study showed that flu vaccination was associated with a
71% reduction in flu-related hospitalizations among adults of all ages and a
77% reduction among adults 50 years of age and older during the 2011-2012 flu
vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health
conditions. Vaccination was associated with lower rates of some cardiac events
among people with heart disease, especially among those who had had a cardiac
event in the past year. Flu vaccination also has been shown to be associated
with reduced hospitalizations among people with diabetes (79%) and chronic lung
Vaccination helps protect women during pregnancy and their
babies for up to 6 months after they are born. One study showed that giving flu
vaccine to pregnant women was 92% effective in preventing hospitalization of
infants for flu.
Other studies have shown that vaccination can reduce the
risk of flu-related hospitalizations in older adults. A study that looked at
flu vaccine effectiveness over the course of three flu seasons estimated that
flu vaccination lowered the risk of hospitalizations by 61% in people 50 years
of age and older.