Get Vaccinated for Best Flu Protection
Posted on Sep 14, 2015
A high fever, aches all over, a severe cough and sore throat – these are some of the uncomfortable symptoms of the flu that may last for days. The flu can make you feel miserable, but that’s not all. Highly contagious, the flu can lead to pneumonia, ear and sinus infections, dehydration, hospitalization and even death. It’s particularly dangerous to babies, young children, pregnant women and the elderly, as well as people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.
Nobody wants to get the flu – so how can you protect yourself and your family?
“The single best thing you can do to prevent getting the flu is to get vaccinated every year,” says Charles Weiss, M.D., MPH, chair of PAMF’s Infectious Diseases Committee. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu vaccination.”
Flu vaccines are formulated each year based on predictions from leading health organizations such as the CDC and the World Health Organization about which strains of influenza virus will be circulating during the upcoming flu season.
“This year’s vaccine has been updated to cover the prevalent flu strains circulating,” says Dr. Weiss. “We are very optimistic that the vaccine will provide good coverage. The vaccine is safe and effective and it is the very best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu.”
Questions about the flu and flu vaccinations? Check the Palo Alto Medical Foundation website for up-to-date resources and to learn:
- When, where and how PAMF patients can get a seasonal flu vaccine
- Up-to-date information on seasonal flu and flu vaccines
- Who is considered at high risk for complications from the flu
- Answers regarding flu vaccinations for children and pregnant women
- Information about the high-dose vaccine for seniors
- What you can do to avoid getting the flu
- How to care for individuals with the flu