Everyone Needs a Flu Vaccine...Every Flu Season

As seen in the Consultant Connection October 2014 Issue
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Flu viruses are constantly changing, and different flu viruses circulate and cause illness each season. Flu vaccines are made each year to protect against the flu viruses that research indicates will be most common. This is why everyone needs a flu vaccine every season.
While everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine this season with rare exception, it’s especially important for some people to get vaccinated.
Those people include the following:
  • People who are at high risk of developing serious complications (like pneumonia) if they get sick with the flu.
    • People who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
    • Pregnant women.
    • People younger than 5 years (and especially those younger than 2), and people 65 years and older.
    • A complete list is available at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/high_risk.htm
  • People who live with or care for others who are at high risk of developing serious complications.
    • Household contacts and caregivers of people with certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
    • Household contacts and caregivers of infants younger than 6 months old.
    • Health care personnel.
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