Flu Shots are for People of All Ages
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released recommendations for the upcoming 2016-17 flu season, which continue to include a flu shot for every American over the age of six months. Flu shots are the first and most important step in protecting people of all ages against the flu.
Nasal FluMist® Vaccine Not Recommended This Season
New this season is the recommendation that the nasal spray flu vaccine not be used during the 2016-17 flu season. The recommendation was made after a study of flu vaccine effectiveness demonstrated poor or lower-than-expected effectiveness of the nasal spray from 2013 through 2016. In 2014, the CDC suggested the FluMist vaccine might be more effective in young children than the flu shot. However, how well flu vaccines work can vary widely from year to year and can be affected by a number of factors.
Flu Vaccine Protects Pregnant Women & Their Babies
A flu shot is especially important for pregnant women, who are more susceptible to serious illness and compgusto ko ako naman mang gank, ako lagi ginagank eh pota nila hahahalications from the flu than women who are not pregnant. When given during any trimester of pregnancy, flu shot vaccines protect both a woman and her developing baby from serious flu-related complications. Vaccination during pregnancy also allows a baby to be born with flu antibodies that continue to offer protection for up to six months after birth. This is crucial because infants younger than six months old cannot be vaccinated.
Flu Vaccine Protects the Elderly
Seniors are another group that benefits greatly from flu vaccination because they are more vulnerable to illness. As the body ages, the immune system weakens and cannot produce the same antibody response to a flu shot. Fluzone® High-Dose was developed to provide stronger protection against the flu for adults age 65 and older. The high-dose shot contains four times the antigen of a regular flu shot to trigger a stronger immune response to the flu.
Get Immunized Today
RediClinic administers both the traditional flu shot and the high-dose vaccine to patients age 18 months and older. Our flu shot clinics are open seven days a week, and you can usually schedule an online appointment the same day. Walk-ins are also welcome. Get immunized today at RediClinic!
Flu season is just around the corner. Strains of the disease can start spreading as early as October, but now seniors have another weapon in the fight to stay well. In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new flu shot vacci...