In general anyone who would like to avoid the flu syndrome should get the flu shot. Certain groups of people are especially recommended to receive the vaccine yearly according the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
- Children aged 6 months to 18 years.
- Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months old.
- Pregnant women.
- People who are 50 years or older.
- People of any age who have other underlying medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or malignancies.
- Nursing home residents and anyone who cares for them.
- Health care workers.
People who should not get the vaccine are the following:
- Anyone who is severely allergic to eggs.
- Anyone who has had an allergic reaction to a previous flu shot.
- Anyone who has had a recent febrile illness (should wait until the fever resolves before getting the vaccine.
- Anyone with a history of Guillan Barre within 6 weeks of having received the flu shot.
- Children less than 6 months old.
Biggest misconceptions about the flu shot is that it can give you the flu. The vaccine in the form of the shot does not give you the flu. Rarely, it can give you mild aches and possibly a low grade fever for 1-2 days. The nasal spray form of the flu vaccine, however, can give you a mild case of the flu. There are no supplements such as vitamin C or D which have been shown to prevent the flu. Other than the flu vaccine, the most effective means of prevention and spread of the flu is washing your hands and staying home when you are sick.
So what did you learn? Which of the following statements is correct?
A. Flu shot is not necessary if you take plenty of vitamin D supplement
B. The flu shot can give you mild flu-like symptoms
C. The flu shot is recommended for all children 6 months and older.
D. Pregnant women should avoid the flu shot.
E. If you miss the shot and get the flu, you should still show up at your job and work your buns off.
The correct answer is C.