Please be advised that this article is not intended to discuss personal reasons for or against vaccination, nor is it intended to discuss the safety of the flu vaccine.
Even if you’ve never had the flu before, you probably know that Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to serious outcomes, such as hospitalization or even death. According to the CDC, every flu season is different, and the influenza infection can affect people differently. An annual, seasonal flu vaccine is one way to reduce the chance that you will get the seasonal flu.
But, is the flu vaccine right for you and your loved ones, especially those with feeding tubes and complex medical conditions? If you are thinking about getting the flu shot, here are facts to know and special considerations before making your appointment.
- The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.
- 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.
- While the vaccine typically comes in the form of a shot and a mist, only the injectable flu shots are recommended for the 2016 – 2017 season.
- The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older to get the flu vaccine every year by the end of October.
- While there are still special recommendations regarding flu shots for those with egg allergies, they have changed for the 2016 – 2017 season. Read the updates here.
Before getting a flu shot, consider how you or your medically complex loved one has reacted to vaccines in the past and discuss the vaccine with your healthcare provider. A professional can help you determine if the vaccine is safe and appropriate for you.
While the vaccine is one way to prevent against the season flu, there are several other ways to stay healthy during the season. Check out this article for more tips.
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