National Influenza Vaccination Week

On the seventh to the thirteenth of December each month, NIVW which stands for National Influenza Vaccination Week takes place. In the year two thousand five it was established by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention for the purpose of highlighting the significance of the vaccine for influenza. Referred to as the ‘flu,’ the best way for its prevention is to get a flu vaccination. Typically, it peaks all the way from the winter months to February and might last up to spring. For those of you who have not yet gotten a shot for the flu, it is high time you got one.

Which Type?

For the season of 2014-15, there are many different options for the influenza vaccine. Find out from your doctor which to get. The vaccine for quadrivalent flu gives you protection against 4 virus types, and these are two influenza B viruses and two influenza A viruses. The vaccine called Trivalent flu protects against 3 virus varieties, and these are one influenza B viruses and two influenza A viruses.

What Age?

Any person from the age of six months up needs to get vaccinated to protect themselves from the flu which is contagious. This is according to the CDC. Some kinds aged six to eight may need a couple of doses for even stronger protection. This age group of children that are getting injections for the very 1st time might need 2 different doses done twenty-eight days apart. The doctor of your son or daughter will be able to advise you about the dose amounts and time periods that are appropriate.

Who Can Get It?

There is a high risk group for the flu shot. As a matter of fact, complications related to the flu can lead to worse health conditions. The high risk groups include senior citizens that live in a facility for long term care such as nursing homes, persons sixty five years old or older, kids under the age of five and diabetics. Persons suffering from other chronic conditions such as heart disease and asthma are also part of the high risk group and so are pregnant women.  In order to find out if you are okay to get a flu shot, talk to a health care practitioner or your family physician.

Flu Immunity Through Vaccinations

The viruses of the flu spread between people and if you refuse to get infected, then getting vaccinated is the best way to do this. Protect both your loved ones and yourself by all getting the flu shot together. As a matter of fact you might want to plan a yearly flu shot as a family and mark this on the calendar way ahead of time. Doing this sooner than later will ensure a healthy holiday season.

Will I Get the Flu?

The vaccine for the flu will not give you the flu. However, flu like symptoms might be something you might develop even when you get a vaccination. Reasons for this could include vaccine reactions such as muscle pain or fever. This indicates you body is creating antibodies for your protection.

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