A.K.A Influenza is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs causes by the influenza viruses
How serious is the Flu?
Can be mild to severe
Especially for young children, those with long term health conditions, including asthma, neurological & neurodevelopmental conditions, chronic lung disease, heart disease, blood disorders, endocrine disorders, kidney, liver and metabolic disorders, weakened immune systems
Why should I get vaccinated?
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death
Even healthy people can get sick from the flu and can spread to others
How does the flu spread?
Droplets made when people cough, sneeze or talk
Less often by touch
What are the symptoms?
Fever, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea
Some people will NOT have fever
How do I protect myself and others?
One can be infected and infect others from 1 day before getting sick up to 5-7 days after
#1 recommended way – Getting vaccinated is recommended for anyone 6 months and older
Handwashing is ++ important
Who should get vaccinated?
EVERYONE! Unless advised by your healthcare provider/doctor
When should I get vaccinated?
Every year: 1st because the body’s immune response declines over time 2nd flu viruses are constantly changing
Flu season generally runs from October t0 March
It is recommended to get vaccinated at the beginning of the season, however you can still get the vaccine throughout the season
Flu seasons generally peak in January or later
Does it work right away?
Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about 2 weeks after vaccination. Which is why it is important to get vaccinated early
Can the flu vaccine give me the flu?
The flu vaccine covers you for 3 of the strains of the flu for this year
You could still get the flu when taking the vaccine as there are many strains
It is possible you may already be carrying one of the other strains
CTMH | Doctors Hospital Flu Vaccine Info
We will have the vaccine at the end of October, first of November
Most insurance companies cover the flu vaccine under the wellness portion of your coverage