This year, the flu shot will be given mainly in pharmacies.
The flu vaccine is an excellent method to prevent the spread of influenza. It is recommended that you get vaccinated each year before the first outbreak.
When you get the vaccine, not only do you protect yourself, you also protect family members and those around you who are unable to get the vaccine (such as very young children).
Young children are more vulnerable than healthy adults. By vaccinating the whole family, we provide optimal protection.
Older people have a higher risk of developing complications related to influenza. Vaccination is highly recommended for this population.
The risks are higher during the 2nd and 3rd trimester and if the woman has concomitant illnesses. Vaccination is required in order to protect herself and her unborn child.
The flu is often mistaken for a cold. Although the symptoms are similar, the common cold is more frequent and commonplace than the flu. Common symptoms of influenza are:
Source :World Health Organization
Although the decision to be vaccinated is personal, the benefits are wide-reaching to everyone around you. Indeed, beyond your own protection, vaccines also protect your parents, children, relatives, co-workers and all others who are either too young or too sick to receive vaccines, or for whom vaccines have not been effective.
You and your family member’s flu vaccination appointments are scheduled to occur soon. Several questions may come to mind as you approach your appointment date:
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It is recommended that all pregnant women, regardless of the stage of pregnancy, be vaccinated against the flu during periods of influenza activity (typically during wintertime). Pregnant women are more at risk for flu-related complications than other women, especially as the pregnancy progresses or if the woman has a chronic illness.