Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine Not Recommended for 2016-17 Flu Season
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend the nasal spray flu vaccine (also known as Live, Attenuated Influenza Vaccine) be used during this flu season due to concerns about its effectiveness. However, everyone 6 months and older should get the injectable flu vaccine (also known as Inactivated Influenza Vaccine). For more information, please see this CDC Media Statement.
Don't Believe Flu Myths!
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Getting prepared isn't complicated. Follow these steps:
1) Get flu vaccine. This is the best way to help protect yourself from getting the flu. And tell your family, friends and others around you that they need to get vaccinated, too! Flu vaccine is available in our community now from some private physicians, clinics and other places, like pharmacies. More places will be offering flu vaccine in the coming weeks and months.
2) Cover your coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue or your arm.
3) Wash your hands often, with plenty of soap and warm water.
4) Stay away from sick people whenever possible.
5) Stay home when you're sick.
6) Get enough rest, exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet.
Influenza can be a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. The flu vaccine is one of the best ways to protect against influenza, and is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older, every year.
You need to get flu vaccine every year because vaccine protection wanes over time. Even if you got the vaccine last year, you need it this year. And It is not possible to predict how mild or severe this flu season will be.
Anyone can get sick from the flu. No matter how healthy you are, you can catch the flu. And you may be sick for 2-3 weeks or more, interfering with work, school, other activities and time spent with family and friends.
Even if you get a mild case of the flu, you can still spread it to other people. Like your family, friends and co-workers. And some of the people you could spread the flu to may be at risk of serious complications if they get the flu.
These People Are at High Risk of Complications From Flu
- Pregnant women, and
- Those with heart conditions, asthma, diabetes, immune system disorders and certain other health problems.
If these people get the flu, they are more likely to get seriously ill with complications like pneumonia and need hospitalization. In addition, their chances of dying from flu-related complications are higher than other people.
Also, people at high risk for flu-related complications should contact their doctor immediately if they start to develop flu-like symptoms so that they can be evaluated for antiviral drugs, which work best if given within 48 hours after symptoms appear.
Pregnant Women Need Flu Vaccine
Pregnant women face special health problems from flu. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, changes in the immune system, heart, and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women more prone to severe illness from flu as well as hospitalizations and even death. Pregnant woman with flu also have a greater chance for serious problems for their unborn baby, including premature labor and delivery.
Getting a flu shot is the first and most important step pregnant women can take to protect against the flu. The flu shot given during pregnancy has been shown to protect both the mother and her baby (up to 6 months old) from flu. (The nasal spray vaccine should not be given to women who are pregnant.)
The flu shot is safe for pregnant women. It has been given to millions of pregnant women over many years. Flu shots have not been shown to cause harm to pregnant women or their babies.
Don't take chances with your health, your family’s health and the health of everyone around you. Get flu vaccine, and make sure your family gets it, too.
MYTHS ABOUT FLU AND FLU VACCINE
Don't let these myths fool you into skipping the flu vaccine:
MYTH: The flu shot gives you the flu.
No, it can't. The influenza viruses in the shot are inactive and not infectious.
MYTH: The flu shot doesn't work..
Yes, it does. Many years of research and experience show that flu vaccine reduces the risk of getting the flu.
MYTH: I don't get sick. It's not likely you've been never been sick in your entire life. But even if you're healthy, that doesn't mean you'll never get sick. Why take chances with the flu?
PROTECT YOUR HEALTH DURING FLU SEASON AND ALL YEAR LONG: WASH YOUR HANDS!
In addition to getting flu vaccine, there's a step you can take to reduce your chances of getting and spreading the flu: handwashing! In fact, washing your hands often is a good way to protect your health all year long, not just during flu season. Many everyday objects and surfaces we touch have lots of germs on them, and if you touch your eyes, nose or mouth after touching them, you can expose yourself to all sorts of germs.
When you wash your hands, use plenty of soap and warm water and wash for at least 20 seconds (about the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice).
Why is handwashing important? Watch this video..
Everybody can do their part to help prevent the spread of germs and protect themselves from the flu. Follow Flu.Gov on Twitter (@FluGov) for a different flu tip each Friday (#FluTips).