Protect Yourself from the Flu!

Written By: Gwen Long, PA-C, Employee Health & Safety Specialist

Did you know… it is important to receive your flu shot not only because it protects you from the flu, but because it protects the people around you who may be more vulnerable to serious flu illness!

Flu Facts:

• Flu shots are the most effective way to prevent influenza and its complications.
• Everyone over 6 months old needs a flu shot to prevent flu illnesses, missed work and school days, medical visits and hospitalizations.
• Children between 6 months and 8 years may need two doses of the flu vaccine, given at least four weeks apart, to be fully protected. Check with your child’s health care provider.
• Special flu vaccines are available for people over age 65 to offer better flu protection.
• Infants younger than six months old are too young to get vaccinated. Your shot will help protect them.
• Flu activity usually peaks between January and March and can last until May.
• By getting vaccinated in the fall you will be protected whenever flu activity begins.
• There are many types of the flu virus that occur each flu season. You can get flu more than once due to the various viruses.
• The flu vaccine protects against several different flu viruses, providing protection all season long.

Flu viruses can change from season to season and immunity declines over time so it is important to get vaccinated each year!