Flee the Flu

Should your family get flu shots this year? If you or anyone in your home is older than 49 or younger than 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says yes. The same is true for people who have chronic health conditions, especially asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, both of which affect the lungs.

Healthcare workers and people who live with a person who’s highly susceptible to flu complications should get vaccinated, as should pregnant women and people who have HIV. Consider it if you’re traveling to the tropics.

Worried about a parent or an older adult? In addition to the flu shot, seniors should get a pneumococcal vaccine (which protects them against pneumonia) at age 65. Unlike the flu shot, the pneumococcal vaccine isn’t needed every year. Speak to your doctor if you think you or someone in your family might benefit from it.

 

It’s the height of flu season. Vaccination is your best defense against contracting the flu. Learn the facts with this short video http://ow.ly/sdJEe