Each flu season, experts, scientists, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sound their alarms about pandemic influenza. These repeated warnings are sincere but may go unheeded.
Here at More MD, we take all illnesses seriously, and the flu is no different. Before you or a family member forgoes the flu vaccine, there is information you should consider.
Who needs a flu vaccine
We agree with the experts that the flu vaccine is an effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the virus. Just about everyone above the age of six months should get vaccinated. But some people need the flu vaccine more than others, and in some instances, the flu vaccine would even do more harm than good.
Those who are at higher risk for complications from the flu should definitely get a flu shot each year. They include:
- Pregnant women
- People over the age of 65
- Children between the ages of 2 and 5
It is equally safe for both healthy and immunocompromised individuals to receive the flu vaccine, but not everyone is a prime candidate for the vaccine. Babies under the age of 6 months are too young for the vaccine. You should also forgo the vaccine if you have an egg allergy or if you have had an adverse reaction to the flu shot or nasal spray before.
If you opt-out or can’t receive a flu shot, you or your loved ones should stay out of harm’s way and stay home as much as possible.
Shot or nasal spray
Before scheduling your vaccination, you need to know whether the shot or the nasal spray version of the vaccine would be best for you. The flu shot and nasal spray both work like any other vaccine: Inactive virus particles build antibodies that help fight the virus and keep you healthy.
The immunization might not prevent you from catching the flu altogether, but it undoubtedly can help diminish its strength. Discuss your prior health history with us to determine if the shot or nasal spray is right for you.
Flu vaccine effectiveness is up to 60% for most people, according to the CDC. This research shows that the flu shot is the safest, most effective way to protect yourself and your family from influenza.
Stay as healthy as possible this flu season. Reach out to us at More MD and schedule an appointment for your annual flu shot today. You can call our office or use our online booking system.