Who should get the influenza vaccine?

  • Everyone older than 6 months. It is especially important that high risk individuals get the flu vaccine

Who is “high risk?”

  • Pregnant women
  • Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People with chronic medical conditions
  • Those who live in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities
  • Those who live WITH high-risk individuals

How is the flu vaccine given?

  • The first year kids under age 10 receive the vaccine, they need two doses one month apart.

Can I get the flu from the vaccine?

  • It is an Inactivated vaccine. You CANNOT get the flu from the flu vaccine. It contains three seasonal influenza viruses. This years’ vaccine protects against 2009 H1N1, and two other influenza viruses. Most common reaction is soreness at the site of intramuscular injection.

Before getting a flu shot, let the provider know if you have a severe allergy to eggs, or to a previous flu shot or if you’ve had a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (nervous system disorder) after a previous flu vaccine.

Flu shots available at 45 Urgent Care for $30. Give us a call at 731-554-0571 or stop by, no appointment needed.

Get more information at the www.cdc.gov

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