- Children under the age of 5
- Pregnant Women
- Those living with an infant under 6 months of age
- Those aged 65 years and older
- American Indians and Alaskan Natives
- People with the following medical conditions:
- Asthma, Chronic Lung Disease and any illnesses that affect the ability to breath
- Brain, spinal and nerve disorders
- Heart Disease
- Liver and Kidney Disorders
- Blood Disorders
- Endocrine Disorders
- Metabolic Disorders
- Diseases that weaken the immune system such as HIV, AIDS and Cancer
- Those under 19 years of age who receive long-term aspirin therapy
Tips on Staying Healthy During Flu Season:
- Stay home when you are sick
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough
- Keep your hands out of your mouth, nose and eyes
- Get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water
- Eat a balanced diet
Flu Shot Myths:
I never get sick, I don’t need a flu shot.
Anyone can get the flu and by avoiding vaccination you are increasing the risk of spreading the flu to those who are high risk or too young to be vaccinated.
I won’t get vaccinated because I’ll be fine if I get the flu.
As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu causes approximately 36,000 deaths and 226,000 hospitalizations every year. It is safer for yourself and everyone around you if are vaccinated.
I’ve been vaccinated for the flu in the past; I don’t need another vaccine.
The flu virus evolves and changes each year, therefore a new vaccine is made every year. You will need to receive the new flu vaccine every year to effectively protect yourself.
The flu shot might give me the flu.
The vaccine is made from the dead virus, which can’t infect you.