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Answering Your Questions About

the Flu Shot

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Flu season is here. With chilly temperatures and harmful viruses
spreading, there’s no better time to get your annual flu shot. But
did you know this year’s flu shot will offer protection against H1N1
virus, in addition to two other influenza viruses that are expected to
be in circulation this flu season? According to Mayo Clinic, a vaccine
that protects against four strains of the virus will also be available,
as will a high-dose flu vaccine for adults age 65 and older.

Influenza is a respiratory infection that can cause serious
complications, particularly to young children and to older adults.
Flu shots are the most effective way to prevent influenza and its
complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older be
vaccinated annually against influenza.

1. When is the flu vaccine available? Because the flu vaccine is
produced by private manufacturers, its availability depends on
when production is completed. It takes up to two weeks to
build immunity after a flu shot, but you can benefit from the
vaccine even if you don’t get it until after flu season starts.

2. Why do I need to get vaccinated every year? New flu vaccines
are released every year to keep up with rapidly adapting flu
viruses. Because flu viruses evolve so quickly, last year’s
vaccine may not protect you from this year’s viruses.

3. Who shouldn’t get a flu shot? Check with your doctor
before receiving a flu shot if you’re allergic to eggs and/or
you had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccine.

4. What are your flu vaccine delivery options? You can get a shot
or a nasal spray

5. Who should get the flu vaccine? The CDC recommends annual
flu vaccinations for everyone age 6 months or older.
Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of flu
complications, including pregnant women, older adults and
young children. Children between 6 months and 8 years may
need two doses of flu vaccine to be fully protected.

Chronic medical conditions can
also increase your risk of flu
complications.

Here are some:








Asthma
Cancer or cancer treatment
Chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD)
Cystic fibrosis
Diabetes
HIV/AIDS
Kidney or liver disease
Obesity

Seniors are among the most vulnerable members of our population
when it comes to the flu and, once infected, things can escalate
quickly. At BrightStar Care, we go to great lengths to adhere to the
Joint Commission’s Patient Safety Goals for infection prevention.

And, if you or a loved one is at risk because of their age and even a
chronic condition and they need additional care and support this
holiday season and beyond, contact our local team 24/7 and ask
about our “Healthy for the Holidays” program.

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