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Health Minute: Flu Shots

By: Claude

We are officially in Autumn season! We enjoy the fall leaves and pumpkin patch visits this time of year, but fall also means it’s time to get your flu shot. With more than 25 million cases of influenza reported annually, Ogechi Anyaoku, MD, with Adventist HealthCare shares why the best thing you can do to reduce you and your family’s risk this season is to get the flu shot.

When should you get your flu vaccine?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend you get vaccinated by the end of October. However, you can still receive your fly shot as late as December and it still be effective.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

All individuals six months and older should receive any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine. The nasal spray vaccine is also available this flu season. You should ask your doctor or pediatrician what’s best for you and your kids.

Why do healthy kids and young adults need to be vaccinated?

Even healthy kids and adults need to be vaccinated for several reasons.

· You could infect others with weaker immune systems, such as the elderly.

· You can spread the virus without knowing you are sick.

· The flu is more dangerous for young children under age 5, who have less developed immune systems.

Can you get your flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine at the same time?

Yes! According the CDC you are able to get your COVID-19 vaccination along with other vaccinations, including the flu.

Need a flu shot? Visit Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care, conveniently located in Germantown, Rockville, Laurel and Takoma Park.

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