Why is FLU VACCINATION a necessity for older adults?
Have you always been a believer of vaccination? I thought so....I remember a lot of people your age who do not believe in vaccination at all or if they do they believe that it has more harm than good. But really, have you reconsidered looking at it again? With the emergence of different strains of virus all around us, wouldn't you wanna be protected somehow?
It has been proven that a FLU SHOT is better than nothing at all. Where can you get a FLU SHOT? GO to your Pharmacy now or your Primary doctor and schedule a FLU VACCINE, (I think most Flu Clinics welcome WALK-INS so you don't need to make an appointment). Flu Shot is best taken when the weather or season change around September or October. Or anytime during the season of FLU VIRUS is spreading and causing illness like this very time of the year. FLU VACCINE every year can give you optimal protection especially when you are starting to get to that age. You don't really want to be sick during the holidays when a lot of grandchildren depend on you for treats and good fun with grandparents during the Christmas vacation, some spoiling and great time with Grams and Pops.
Why do you really need a FLU SHOT? Beca
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. Here's a few information from CDC regarding FLU VACCINATION
Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?
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.
How do flu vaccines work?
Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.
The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Traditional flu vaccines (called “trivalent” vaccines) are made to protect against three flu viruses; an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus. There are also flu vaccines made to protect against four flu viruses (called “quadrivalent” vaccines). These vaccines protect against the same viruses as the trivalent vaccine and an additional B virus.
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.
So it's about time for you to go out and get a FLU SHOT TODAY, it is not too late to get one now.