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Seasonal Flu and Pneu Shots Facts

About the Seasonal Flu Shot...

The seasonal flu (or influenza) is a highly contagious respiratory illness that afflicts an average of 5-20 percent of our nation’s population each year resulting in 36,000 annual deaths and 200,000 yearly hospitalizations.

The highest number of cases are typically reported between October and April. Getting the seasonal flu shot before the seasonal flu season is the best way to protect yourself. A new seasonal flu vaccine is made each year because the seasonal flu virus tends to change each seasonal flu season. For this reason, it is necessary to get a seasonal flu shot every year. To give your body time to build the proper defense, it is recommended that you get vaccinated early in the flu season, preferably between September and November.

Side effects from seasonal flu shots, if any, are slight for most people. Some people may notice a little redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given. You cannot get the seasonal flu from the seasonal flu shot. People who are allergic to eggs should consult with their doctor before getting a seasonal flu shot.

Residents at high risk for complications from infection are encouraged to get vaccinated:

  • Individuals 65 years and older
  • Adults with chronic heart or lung conditions including asthma; diabetes; chronic kidney disease or a weakened immune system
  • Women who are pregnant during influenza season
  • Healthcare personnel and home caregivers who provide direct patient care
  • Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children under 5 years of age

Children ages 6 months to 18 years are also encouraged to receive a flu vaccination.  (Parents/guardians should consult their child’s physician)

More information about the seasonal flu and the flu shot is available here.

About the "Pneu Shot"...

To protect yourself from pneumococcal disease, adults who are 65 or older should get the pneumococcal shot. It's safe, it works, and it lasts most people a lifetime. People who get the shot are protected against almost all of the bacteria that cause pneumococcal disease. Even if you have had pneumonia in the past, you may still need the pneumococcal shot. It does not protect against viral pneumonia. Most people need to get the shot only once, but older people may need to get a booster. Check with your doctor.

Some people may have mild side effects from the shot, such as a little redness, swelling or tenderness at the injection site. The pneumococcal shot cannot cause pneumonia.

Check with your health care provider for vaccine availability.

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