Influenza Vaccination Week December 2-8, 2018

December 4, 2018

It's not too late to get your flu shot! The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends that flu shot efforts continue throughout the flu season. CDC recommends getting the vaccine by the end of October; but, getting the flu shot into December and beyond is still helpful during most flu seasons like this one. It takes about two weeks after getting the flu shot for it to take effect, so it's best to get it as soon as possible.

"Getting the flu vaccine is simple, and it's the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your family from the flu," says Dr. Dan Jernigan, Director of the Influenza Division at CDC. Hundreds of millions of Americans have safely received flu vaccines over the past 50 years. There is extensive research supporting the safety of seasonal flu vaccines.

For millions of people every season, the flu means a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue, and miserable days spent in bed. Millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu each year. People at high risk for flu complications include pregnant women, children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old, and people 65 year of age and older. Also, people who have certain medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease are high risk.

For those at high risk of serious flu complications, getting a flu vaccine is especially important. It's also important to get the vaccine if you care for anyone at high risk. This includes children younger than 6 months who are too young to get a flu shot. Vaccinating pregnant woman helps protect them from flu illness and hospitalization. When a new mother gets the flu shot, it helps protect the baby from flu infection for several months after birth, before the baby is old enough to get the flu shot.

For more information about the seriousness of the flu and the benefits of a flu shot, talk to your doctor or other provider. You can also call CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO, or see CDC on Flu Vaccine to .

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