The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding people about the importance of getting a flu shot and they “recommend a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza and its potentially serious complications.”
According to an article titled, Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine:
“Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children.”
As shared in the CDC Key Facts, of interest and concern are who should and should not receive a flu vaccine:
Who should get vaccinated this season?
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. This recommendation has been in place since February 24, 2010 when CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu vaccination in the United States to expand protection against the flu to more people.
Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza. See People at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications for a full list of age and health factors that confer increased risk.
More information is available at Who Should Get Vaccinated Against Influenza.
Who Should Not Be Vaccinated?
Different flu vaccines are approved for use in different age groups. In addition, some vaccines are not recommended for certain groups. Factors that can determine a person’s suitability for vaccination, or vaccination with a particular vaccine, include a person’s age, health (current and past) and any allergies to flu vaccine or its components.
The CDC also shares some “Preventive Steps” that we can be educated about during this flu season. Take a minute to read the CDC’s articles and visit the sources provided to help inform yourself about the upcoming flu season! Remember to check with your healthcare professional regarding the personally appropriate influenza precautions that you should take for yourself, your family and loved ones!