If you have read my blog for awhile, you know I am very pro-vaccines. I should like to think I’m preaching to the choir, but I know many of my readers feel the complete opposite.
With the widespread occurrence of various flu strains going around, please, please, please get your flu shot! Make sure your children get theirs. Summer and I both got ours at her appointment last week. She got a poke, but I was able to get the mist. Awesome!
If you do wind up getting the flu this year, and I ask if you got your flu shot and you say “no”, I will feel ZERO sorry for you. ZERO. I’ll hand you a tissue, and then I’ll say “I told you so.”
You may say, “I did get my flu shot and I still got the flu!” Well, that’s the way it goes. These things are not 100% accurate. But if you had the opportunity to do something to prevent getting it at all, wouldn’t you take it??
200,000 people each year will be hospitalized due to the seasonal flu, and 36,000 will die from it.
On top of the seasonal flu vaccine, we now have a vaccine for H1N1, or Swine Flu.
I’ll make it easy for you and outline who should be getting these vaccines, per the CDC:
- Pregnant women
- Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age
- Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
- All persons between 6 months through 24 years of age
- 6 months through 18 years because there have been many cases of H1N1 (Swine) flu in children and they are in close contact with each other in school and day care settings, which increases the likelihood of disease spread.
- Young adults 19 through 24 years of age because there have been many cases of H1N1 (Swine) flu in these healthy young adults and they often live, work, and study in close proximity, and they are a frequently mobile population.
- Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza.
As a medical professional, I feel very strongly about this. I see the kids that get admitted from the flu, and it isn’t pretty. Especially when it could have been prevented.
And as always, make sure you are practicing rigorous hand hygiene, using sanitizer and washing often!! There’s really no such thing as washing your hands too much!