Wellness Matters

Shoo the Flu

September 30, 2014

By: Layne Weaver, Family Nurse Practitioner
Cone Health Medical Groups' LeBauer Primary Care

Who should get a flu shot?

Most people should get a flu shot, but some people are particularly vulnerable to complications. Individuals at risk include:

  • Women who are or may become pregnant during flu season.
  • Children under five years old.
  • Adults ages 65 and older.
  • People with certain chronic illnesses, neuromuscular diseases and developmental delays.
  • People whose immune systems are compromised from diseases like HIV or medications such as chemotherapy, radiation, biologics for inflammatory arthritis, or chronic steroids.
  • Morbidly obese individuals with body mass index over 40.
  • Nursing home residents.
  • Health care workers.
  • People who take care of at-risk populations.
There are also people who should not get a vaccine, such as those who had Guillian-Barre Syndrome and anyone who previously had an allergic reaction to the vaccine. However, another option is antivirals.

When should I get my flu shot?

Flu season typically peaks in February, but last season, we saw an early spike in December.

Therefore, getting your flu shot early will help protect you and your family. Plan to get your flu shot in October.

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has estimated as many as 49,000 deaths in past flu seasons. Shoo the flu for you and your love ones and get vaccinated!

Test your knowledge on the flu with our Flu Quiz.


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