Influenza (Flu) Vaccine
What Is Flu?
Influenza, or the flu, is a viral infection that spreads from person-to-person. Over 200,000 people are hospitalized and 35,000 people die from the flu each year.
Because many illnesses have the same symptoms as influenza, misdiagnosis is common. Only infections by the influenza virus are cases of the flu.
The CDC, WHO and other health organizations recommend everyone over the age of six months get an annual flu vaccination.
What Is the Flu Shot?
The flu shot, or influenza vaccination, provides the best form of protection against the flu.
Who Should Get a Flu Shot?
Everyone over six months old should receive an annual flu vaccination. There are some exceptions can include:
- Children younger than six months old
- Those with allergies to ingredients of the flu shot
- Individuals with egg allergies
- People who have had Guillain-Barre Syndrome
If you fall under these categories, be sure to speak with a health specialist about your vaccination options.