Flu Shot Information
Flu is a serious, contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. The CDC recommends getting your annual flu shot, also called a flu vaccine, as the first and most important step to preventing the flu.
Key Facts about the Flu Shot
While there are many types of flu viruses, the flu vaccine protects against the three or four viruses that research suggests will be most common his season. Flu vaccines will not protect against infection and illness caused by other viruses that can also cause flu-like symptoms. The flu shot is recommended for the following individuals:
- Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as the 2014-2015 vaccines are available.
- Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead.
- Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease the risk of severe flu illness.
- People at high risk of serious flu complications include children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions, like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
- Vaccination is also important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to high risk people.
Schedule Your Flu Shot Today!
UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine offers flu shots at two convenient locations:
Call your UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine location to schedule your flu shot today, and visit the CDC's website to learn about flu prevention and treatment.