Got Your Shot? It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week!
Dec. 8, 2015
Happy National Influenza Vaccination Week! This year, weâre celebrating December 6-12. It's time to remind Americans ages 6 months and older that a flu vaccination is the best protection against flu-related illnesses that lead to doctorâs visits, hospital stays and missed work and school. The holidays are coming, and with them comes an increased risk of exposure to people with the flu. Think of theâ¦
- Hours spent shopping in stores with hundreds of other people
- Large gatherings, such as concerts, plays, church services and holiday festivals
- Time spent in crowded airports, airplanes and busses
WHY DO I NEED TO GET VACCINATED EVERY YEAR?Flu viruses are constantly changing, and every year new ones are traveling the country. Each yearly vaccine is formulated to combat the specific viruses that are currently circulating. Plus, the efficacy of each vaccination lessens as time passes, so itâs important to boost your immune protection on a regular basis.
WHAT IF I ALREADY HAD THE FLU THIS SEASON?While itâs too late to protect yourself from the specific strain of virus youâve had, receiving the flu vaccine is still important because it helps prevent infection from the several other viruses determined to be the most common threats this year. The CDC calls vaccines that protect you against three viruses âtrivalent vaccines,â and those that protect against four viruses, âquadrivalent vaccines.â
WHO IS AT HIGHEST RISK FOR FLU-RELATED COMPLICATIONS?For many people, contracting the flu can turn into a serious illness that can even be life threatening if complications develop. People in high-risk groups include:
- Those with certain chronic health conditions like COPD, diabetes or heart disease
- People 65 years of age and older
- Young children
- Pregnant women
- Health care workers who care for high-risk people
- Individuals who care for infants, especially those under 6 months of age who are too young for vaccinations