Each year, over
30,000 people die from the flu. Over 200,000
people are hospitalized with complications.
Getting the yearly flu shot (vaccine) is your best
protection from the flu.
The seasonal flu refers to
several common strains (specific forms) of flu virus that go
around each year, mainly in the fall and winter. A yearly
shot (vaccine) can help prevent it.
Why Get A Yearly Flu Shot?
flu is more than just a "bad cold." It's a virus
respiratory system - This includes the nose, throat and
Can spread easily
- People with the flu spread infected droplets when they
cough or sneeze, which you can contract by inhaling or
touching these droplets.
Can have severe
effects - The flue can be serious for anyone, but young
children and older people, and those with chronic
health conditions are most at risk.
Changes every year
- that's why you need a new shot each year.
A nasal spray
vaccine is also available. However, certain people
should not get this vaccine.
Ask your healthcare provider what?s right for you!
Yearly Flu Shots and
Children: What parents need to know...
children need flu shots?
Every child from 6 to 23 months old should get a flu shot
each year. Children under 6 months are too young for the
shot. Also children of any age who are considered "at
risk" need flu shot. Children "at risk" include
Breathing problems, such
as asthma and cystic fibrosis
HIV/AIDS, cancer or other
conditions that weaken the immune system
Blood disease, including
anemia and sickle cell
Heart or kidney disease
Don't Believe Flu Shot
During flu season, other
illness (such as colds and bronchitis) can cause breathing
problems. Don't blame the flu shot. The truth is:
Flu Shots Help Protect the
Children spread the flu more
easily than other people. Children who get the flu shot
help protect others from the flu.
|Can I still get the flue if I
get the vaccine?
It's possible. It may be a strain of flu virus
that is not in the vaccine. Also, people at high
risk may not make antibodies as well. Generally,
it will be a milder case.
|Can I get the flu from the flu
No. The shot uses "dead" flu virus.
People get colds and illnesses with flu-like symptoms in
fall and winter, but these are not caused by the shot.
|Do shots have side effects?
Sometimes. They're usually mild and last only
a few days. They may include:
- Redness, tenderness or
swelling where the shot was given
- More rarely, a slight fever,
weakness or flu complications
Do antibiotics work against the
No. They only work against bacteria (not
viruses). They may be used to treat some flu
Is the flu
the same as the "stomach flu"?
No. The so-called "stomach flu" is not caused
by the flu virus.
Many people in
good health get the flu shot to protect their health.
They also want to avoid inconvenience and lost work time
caused by the flu.
|Does insurance cover the flu
Medicare Part B covers the approved charges.
Medicaid and private insurance plans may also cover flu
|Will last year's shot
protect against this year's flu?
No. The flu changes every year. New
shots are made each year to protect against several flu
viruses. Children under 9 years old who are
getting their first flu shot need two shots (one month
apart) to be fully protected.
For more information about the flu and
low- or no cost flu shots, contact:
DeSoto County Health Department
34 South Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia, Florida 34266
(863) 993-4601 ext. 106
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Flu Information