Flu Vaccine

Did you know that the Influenza vaccine can prevent the Flu?

The Flu is a contagious disease that spreads during the Flu season which is usually October to May. Anyone can get the Flu, but it is more dangerous for some persons.

Those who are at greatest risk are:

  • Infants and young children
  • Persons 65 years or older
  • Pregnant women
  • Persons with comorbidities eg Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Hypertension, Obesity, Kidney Disease, Cancer
  • Persons on immunosuppressants

CDC recommends that everyone 6 months or older should get vaccinated every flu season.

The influenza vaccine will NOT cause the flu! Most side effects are self limiting and include soreness, redness and swelling where the vaccine is given, fever muscle aches and headaches can happen after the vaccine is given. An allergic reaction can occur and there may be a small increased risk of some neurological conditions following the Flu shot.

Ask your healthcare provider for more details on this year’s Influenza vaccine.

Written by Pulmonologist Dr. Mohammed


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