We are at National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), held between 7 and 13 December 2014 to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination and we have some questions answered by an epidemiologist Cdc.
If you haven't been vaccinated yet, take your family and protect yourself against this condition that can be very serious. I vaccinate and vaccinate my family against Influenza or Flu, we have been doing it for several years, personally we have never had any side effects, the children have been given the vaccine in the form of a spray, us and my eldest son injected.
Research in your community, my husband for example gets vaccinated at work, with a special discount to employees, my children and i, we go to the community clinic where we find the cheapest vaccine, we have also been vaccinated in pharmacies or supermarket stores when we find a promotion or coupon.
We asked Dr. Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner Physician Epidemiologist with the CDC's Influenza Division working on preparing for an international pandemic and protocols to identify populations that are most at risk for influenza.
Dr. Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner shares some tips on Flu to protect yourself and protect your loved ones.
What is the importance of flu vaccination for people at high risk of developing flu complications?
People who are at increased risk of serious complications from influenza include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes or lung and heart disease, and people 65 and older.
How old must children be to be vaccinated?
The CDC recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone ages 6 months and older as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza.
What are the benefits for children when getting a flu shot?
The flu vaccine provides protection against three or four different influenza viruses (depending on the vaccine you wear) that are expected to circulate this season.
Why is it important to get vaccinated against Flu every year?
Influenza viruses mutate all the time, and a new vaccine is made every year to protect against the flu virus in circulation. Influenza viruses are changing and immune protection acquired through vaccination decreases over time, so it is recommended to be vaccinated each year to optimize protection.
Is it important to get a flu shot, even if the family is in good health?
You should be vaccinated against influenza every year for better protection.
Is it important for pregnant women to get vaccinated?
It is the best way to protect themselves and their six-month-old babies and children who still cannot be vaccinated.
What Flu vaccines are available?
There are several vaccine options available including for those who are afraid of needles. Talk to your doctor for the best available option. The most important thing is that they are vaccinated against influenza.
Where can I go for the flu shot?
Influenza vaccines are offered in many places, including medical offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies, retail stores, health centers, as well as by many employers and schools.
Where can one go to get more information?
You can visit the www.cdc.gov/flu page. This information is in English and Spanish.