You and the Flu (H1N1 Information)

You can still get a flu shot in January, or even in February.  Most people in the ‘high-risk’ category already have theirs, which means the shelves have been re-stocked and are ready for you.

According to TriWest, the flu shot this year protects against the headline-hogging H1N1 virus from last year.

CDC recommendations for flu shots

The CDC is recommending everyone 6 months or older receive a vaccination.  Nine out of 10 healthy people who get a flu shot, don’t get the flu.

Receiving a flu shot is especially important for certain high-risk groups to decrease their risk for severe flu illness, according to the CDC. These groups are:

  • Young children
  • Pregnant women
  • People with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease
  • People 65 years and older
  • Health care workers
  • Caretakers who live with people at high risk
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