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Flu Season is Back! Things your Patient Should Know

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Flu season and vaccination- patient education handout

Several viruses can cause upper respiratory tract infections, but one of them is particularly aggressive- influenza virus, the cause of flu. The good news is- you can prevent it! Vaccination against influenza virus is the single best thing you can do for yourself every year in October (when the vaccination season starts). This patient education handout will help you to learn everything you really need to know about flu vaccination.

Should you be worried because of an approaching flu season?

Well…It depends on your overall health.

Younger and middle-aged people with good overall health, most likely will not even get infected. Even if they do, it will be a mild form of a disease (symptoms will intensify within the first 2-3 days and then subside over the next 2-3 days, with a full recovery). Keep in mind that even the healthiest individuals can get infected and spread the infection throughout their community.

Prolonged duration of a disease- 10 or more days, usually combined with bacterial infection of upper respiratory tract with possible complications is expected if:

Who should be vaccinated?

Since the epidemiological significance of the flu is so big, CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should get the vaccine. Having in mind cost to benefit ratio, even the healthiest individuals should get vaccinated. CDC also recommends that vaccine should be offered to the patients by the end of October (before the onset of a flu season).

Who should NOT be vaccinated?

Although the vaccine is safe, the virus injected is alive and can cause an infection in seriously ill individuals.

Flu vaccine should not be administered to people who:

*If you have any concerns after reading this patient education handout, feel free to contact your doctor for further explanation.

 

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