Flu Shot Information
The flu strikes millions of Americans each year. In fact, more than 100 million people are considered high-risk for developing a serious illness from the flu.
Should you get a flu shot?
If you want to reduce the chance of getting the flu, get a shot. This is especially true if you are:
| Age 50 years or older |
| Live with or take care of young children (0 - 59 months of age) |
| Live with or take care of a “high-risk person” |
| At high risk for the flu. |
Are you at high-risk for the flu?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you are at high risk for the flu if you are a child, teenager or adult who:
| Has a chronic medical condition, including: |
Heart, lung or kidney disease
| Has a weakened immune system caused by HIV or medications |
| Has a condition that makes it hard to breathe or swallow, such as: |
A brain injury or disease
A spinal cord injury
A seizure disorder
Another nerve or muscle disorder
You are also at high risk if you:
| Will be pregnant during the flu season |
| Are 65 years of age or older (even if in good health) |
| Live in a nursing home or other long-term care facility |
Some children should also get a flu shot
| Children and teenagers six months to 18 years of age who are on long-term aspirin therapy |
| All children six to 59 months of age |
When should you get a flu shot?
Your doctor can tell you the best time for you to get a flu shot. Most doctors recommend October or November. But even after December is not too late.
Flu shots offer protection for one flu season. So you should get a shot every year.
You can't get the flu from a flu shot
But talk to your doctor about a flu shot if you:
| Have ever had a serious allergic reaction to eggs or to a previous flu shot |
| Have a history of Guillain-Barré Syndrome |
Call your doctor right away about scheduling a flu shot and while on the phone, ask your doctor if you should get a pneumonia shot too!
Many health benefit plans cover flu and pneumonia shots. To see if you have coverage, check you plan documents. Or call the service number on your member ID card.
For more information
| For up to date flu vaccine information, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/. |