I have been very busy lately and somehow in the middle of traveling, working, being a wife and a mother. I forgot to get my flu shot. How could I forget to do something that is important to my health? easy, it was done and I will make sure I schedule an appointment with my PCP, ASAP.
People who should get the flu shot:
1. People at high risk for complications from the flu, including:
- Children aged 6 months until their 5th birthday,
- Pregnant women,
- People 50 years of age and older,
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, and
- People who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities.
2. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
- Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu (see above)
- Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
- Health care workers.
3. Anyone who wants to decrease their risk of influenza.
I have never had the flu! I don’t want to ever get it because my immune system is already screwed up. I can’t imagine being sick, off work, testing and puking for days—I know you don’t either.
If you have a chance to check this article out, written at Healthcentral.com by Dr. Frank Varon called “Time for a Flu Shot?” It list the symptoms of the flu, how it is spread, it also talks about who shouldn’t get the flu shot and much more. I learned a lot, hope you do too.
Let’s have a healthy, safe and flu free season…