Monday, October 20, 2008

What You Need To Know About The Flu Shot

It's that time of year when the Flu season is upon us. The flu is a serious disease that can make people of any age very ill. Some people are ill for a few days, but some need to be hospitalized. Did you know that Thousands of people die each year from the flu. These deaths occur mostly in the elderly.

What Are Flu Symptoms?
Sore Throat
Muscle Aches

Who Should Get the Flu Shot?
All people over the age of 65

All residents of long term care facilities with chronic medical conditions

Any child or adult including pregnant women, with serious long term health problems...heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, diabetes, asthma, etc...

People who see a doctor regularly or were admitted to a hospital in the past year.

All people who have close contact with those who are at risk

All people who have a disease or condition that lowers the body's resistance to infection

When Should You Get The Flu Shot?

If you are in a high risk group, you should get a flu shot once a year. It is best to get the shot between September and mid November.

Will You Get The Flu From the Flu Shot?

The answer is simply no. The viruses that cause the flu can change every year. That's why is important to protect yourself and get your flu shot.

Are There Side Effects From The Flu Shot?

There may be a few risks as with any medication. Getting the flu is more likely to cause problems than getting the shot itself. Some people experience a mild fever, aches, soreness, redness or swelling in the area where the shot was given.

Source: St. Peter's Hospital Patient Education Committee

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