Even though we’re enjoying a beautiful time of year full of colorful leaves, pumpkins and apples, we’re unfortunately also fast approaching the dreaded cold and flu season (yuck)!
So remember to take a minute and speak to your doctor or healthcare professional and ask if you should be getting your flu shot!
Should you get vaccinated?
While it’s always a personal choice between you and your doctor or healthcare professional, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) encourages people over the age of six months old to get vaccinated. There are also some groups for whom it is even more important to receive a flu shot. These are often referred to as “At Risk” populations who may be more susceptible to developing serious complications from having the flu.
Some of these “At Risk” groups include:
- People with asthma
- People with diabetes
- People with heart disease and those who have had a stroke
- Adults 65 and older
- Pregnant women
- People who have HIV or AIDS
- People who have cancer
- Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
You should always consult your doctor and healthcare professionals before making your decision.
Do you want to get one but aren’t sure where to go? Type your zip code into the Flu.gov finder and locate flu shot clinics happening in your area:
It’s important to remember that keeping ourselves in good health also helps keep our friends and family in good health!