November 2019 Mall Walker Newsletter

What You Might Not Know About the Flu Vaccine

You probably know that everyone over the age of six months should receive the influenza vaccine, every flu season. But did you know:

Different flu shots are approved for people of different ages and different health conditions?

Among adults, those 65 and older have the most complications, hospitalizations and deaths due to the flu?

Pregnant women and people with asthma, diabetes or other chronic conditions are at high risk for serious complications from the flu?

Getting your flu shot helps protect your family and others around you?

The flu vaccine takes about two weeks to become fully effective?

You should talk to your doctor before getting the vaccine if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, have had Guillain-Barré Syndrome or don’t feel well?

To minimize serious risk, getting the flu vaccine is crucial for everyone 50 and older, all caregivers, those with chronic conditions and residents of nursing homes or chronic care facilities?

Exposure to the virus before the vaccine becomes effective, a non-covered strain of influenza or a chronic illness that prevents the development of full immunity can allow a vaccinated person to get the flu?

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