Did you know over 200,000 Americans were hospitalized in 2005 for the flu, and out of those people, 36,000 died? Yes, there was a flu vaccine shortage, but this year proves to have plenty. Shots should already be available in your area to help prevent this year’s strain.
But who should get the flu shot? The Center of Disease Control (CDC) recommends a flu shot for children aged between 6 months and 5 years old. People who are 50 years or older and women who are pregnant or plan to be pregnant are also on the list. Anyone with chronic lung or heart problems, asthma, diabetes, spinal cord injuries, seizures, HIV or Alzheimer’s disease should get a flu shot. Those who are actually giving the shot should get it as well, as should all medical care personnel. You will find that most doctors recommend everyone get the vaccine.
Who should not get the flu shot? Those with a life-threatening allergy to eggs or chicken, anyone who has reacted strongly to a flu vaccine or anyone who has suffered from Guillain-Barre syndrome.