National Influenza Vaccination Week

December 6-12, 2015 is this year’s National Influenza Vaccination Week!

You Can Still Get Your Flu Shot

Even though the holiday season has arrived, it is not too late to get your flu vaccine. As long as flu viruses are spreading an causing illness, vaccination can provide protection against the flu and should continue. If you have not been vaccinated and have already gotten sick with one flu virus, you can still benefit from vaccination since the flue vaccine protects against three to four different flue viruses (depending on which flu vaccine you receive).SherriJohnson_Santa_web

Should You Get Vaccinated?

The CDC recommends a yearly flue vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and olderĀ  as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza disease. People who are at a high risk of serious flu complications are:

  • young children
  • pregnant women
  • people with certain chronic health conditions
    • asthma, diabetes, heart disease/lung disease and people who are 65 years or older

For people who are at a high risk, getting the flu can mean developing serious flu-related complications like:

  • pneumonia
  • worsening of existing health conditions
  • hospitalization
  • death

It Is Not Too Late!

Once, vaccinated, you can enjoy this holiday season knowing that you have taken the single best step to protect yourself and your loved ones against the flu. Make your appointment at the Belmont County Health Department today!