Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Haven't Got A Flu

For a healthy, safe winter, get vaccinated early. The best time for a flu shot is the month of November; this gives your body enough time to produce antibodies for the flu season peak, between late December and early March.

Certain people have a higher risk of developing serious, even life-threatening complications from the flu, and should consider getting a flu shot essential:

  • people over the age of 65

  • pregnant women in the second or third trimester during flu season

  • people with cancer; lung, heart or kidney disease; asthma; diabetes; HIV; or any other type of chronic disorder

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends vaccinations for nursing home residents and healthcare workers.

A new vaccine is developed each year to combat the new strain of flu. As a reminder, last year's vaccine won't cover you this year.

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