Most of Us Need The Flu Vaccine. Here’s Who Really Needs It.
Jeff Foxworthy once said that “if you’ve ever taken a beer to a job interview, you might be a redneck.”
Well, if you’ve ever been diagnosed with a liver disorder, you might need a flu shot. And while that line probably won’t be killing it at any comedy shows, it could help you avoid some serious suffering.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most flu victims recover after a week or two. But some people are at greater risk for complications that result in hospitalization or worse. Here are some of the people the CDC says have a high risk of flu complications – and therefore, the people who most need to get vaccinated:
- Older than 65 or younger than 5 (and especially younger than 2). The CDC recommends the flu vaccine for every child over six months old. Some children will need special vaccination procedures if they’re between six months and 8 years old. See this website for more details.
- Pregnant women. While the flu shot is safe for pregnant women, they should not be given the nasal spray vaccine.
- Native Americans and Alaskan Natives.
- People with a number of medical conditions including asthma, lung disease, heart disease, a weakened immune system, and morbid obesity. You can see the full list from the CDC here.
And by the way, if you frequently interact with high-risk people, do them a favor and get yourself vaccinated, too. Maybe you work with young children, for example. In other words, with apologies to Jeff Foxworthy:
“If you spend more time discussing Dora the Explorer than your stock portfolio, you might need a flu shot.”
Thank you. I’ll be here all week. And when you’re ready to get that flu shot, head to a FastMed Urgent Care location near you. We can have you vaccinated for just $20 in almost no time flat.
Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention