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Flu Shot Time!

October 6, 2008

I just got my flu shot – luckily for me they’re freely provided at work as we’re a healthcare provider. The American Lung Association has set up a Flu Clinic Locator site for you to find flu vaccine providers in your area, and the CDC provides a ton of information on the flu and vaccination.

The CDC recommends the following:

People who should get vaccinated each year are:
1. Children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday
2. Pregnant women
3. People 50 years of age and older
4. People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
5. People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
6. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
a. Health care workers
b. Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
c. Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

Who Should Not Be Vaccinated
There are some people who should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician. These include:
* People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
* People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination.
* People who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine.
* Children less than 6 months of age (influenza vaccine is not approved for this age group), and
* People who have a moderate-to-severe illness with a fever (they should wait until they recover to get vaccinated.)

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