Flu Shots for Seniors

Flu Shots Available

Flu Shots Available

The flu shot is now available across Waterloo Region and health officials are urging everyone to get vaccinated as they prepare for a bad flu season. Getting vaccinated each year against flu protects you and the people around you who may be more vulnerable to serious illness due to the flu, such as pregnant women, young children, people age 65 and older and people with asthma or other chronic medical conditions.

"This year I would predict that the major virus to circulate, or that will circulate is an influenza a H3N2, if that's correct that virus normally is associated with a lot more death, a lot more hospitalization, a lot more morbidity, to all individuals in the community", Dr. Pedro Piedra, BCM pediatric infectious disease specialist, said. And if you do happen to get sick, you probably won't get as sick as you would without it. "It's the safest way to prevent the spread of the flu and the best way to protect loved ones". In a 2012 Canadian observational study, FLUAD was 63 percent more effective than a regular flu shot.

In the current flu season, which began October 1, more than 200 flu cases have been reported. And it can take nearly two weeks for the vaccine to kick in. And neither vaccine is recommended for seniors who are allergic to chicken eggs, or those who have had a severe reaction to a flu vaccine in the past.

Flu vaccines are offered by many doctor's offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many employers and some schools.

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Two other important vaccinations the CDC recommends to seniors, especially this time of year, are the pneumococcal vaccines for pneumonia. Both vaccines, which are administered just once at different times, work in different ways to provide maximum protection. Protection lasts four to six months.

Student Health Services on campus are now offering the vaccine.

Bailey said those with the health department are trying to target those who might not be getting the shots or those without private insurance, or Medicare or Medicaid.

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