02 Aug 2018

Influenza (FLU) Vaccination

Yearly flu vaccination is the best tool currently available to protect against influenza (flu). Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

Who should get vaccinated?

Person’s risk of getting serious complications from the flu:

  • Asthma
  • Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease)
  • Chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] & cystic fibrosis)
  • Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes mellitus)
  • Extreme obesity (people with a body mass index [BMI] of 40 or greater)
  • Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure & coronary artery disease)
  • Kidney disorders Liver disorders
  • Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)
  • Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions
  • People younger than 1 9 years of age and on long-term aspirin therapy
  • Weakened immune system due to medication (such as people with HIV or AIDS, or cancer, or those on chronic steroids)

Other people at high risk from the flu:

  • Adults 65 years and older
  • Children younger than 5 years old, but especially children younger than 2 years old
  • Pregnant women and women up to 2 weeks after the end of pregnancy
  • American Indians and Alaska Natives

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