10 Things to Know about the Flu and Flu Shots

iStock_000005196893XSmallIt’s safe to say that flu season is here or at the least well on its way. There are varying schools of thought about flu shots and preparation, so this post will offer some facts about the flu and flu shots not generally known. The purpose is for you to make an informed decision.

  1. If you are going to have a flu shot, then autumn is the best time to get one. Most medical experts believe the earlier you get it the better you will fare during flu season.
  2. Children under 6 months of age cannot have flu shots, so it is up to adult caregivers to get them.
  3. Children 6 months of age and older have two vaccination options:  The inactivated (killed) influenza vaccine that is best for children with pre-existing medical conditions and attenuated (weakened) influenza vaccine that is sprayed into the nostrils.
  4. If you or anyone in your household, especially small children are allergic to eggs, consult with your physician before getting a flu shot.
  5. Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk.
  6. The flu is infectious up to one day before symptoms appear and up to 7 days (sometimes more) after becoming sick.
  7. Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.
  8. The CDC states, “Human influenza A and B viruses cause seasonal epidemics of disease almost every winter in the United States.”
  9. The CDC states, “Influenza type C infections cause a mild respiratory illness and are not thought to cause epidemics.”
  10. Preach and teach keeping hands and surfaces germ-free by keeping them clean, sanitized and disinfected.

All of this information came from the CDC and can be found here. And like most medical information, it is best to have a physician’s consultation before doing anything.

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Registered nurse Nicole M. Brown is the author of the Adventures of Nurse Nicole series.

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