The flu vaccine will protect you for only one flu season. It is designed to protect from the strains of flu that are expected to circulate a particular season. This is why it is important to get vaccinated each year.
Talk to your health care provider about vaccination if you have: Allergy to chicken eggs A history of severe reaction to a flu vaccination A moderate-to-severe illness with fever (you should wait until getting better) A history of Guillain–Barré Syndrome (a severe paralytic illness, also called GBS)
Seasonal flu vaccines have a very good safety track record. Although there are possible side-effects to vaccination, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration closely monitor the safety of seasonal flu vaccines. Possible mild side effects usually begin soon after vaccination and last 1-2 days. Mild side effects of […]
There are two types of vaccines, the flu shot and the nasal spray. The flu shot is: Made with inactivated (killed) flu virus Approved for use in healthy or chronically ill people Approved for use in people older than 6 months Available in 3 types: Regular; for people 6 months and older High-dose; for people […]
Anyone aged at least 6 months should get a flu vaccine. It’s especially important if you are: At high risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia once getting sick with flu. Conditions include; Illness such as asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease. Pregnancy Advanced age: 65 and older Family members, caregivers, or other close contacts […]
Autism is a disorder in brain development that affects social interaction and communication, both verbal and non-verbal. Autistic children tend to be unresponsive to people and focus on one item or interest for long periods of time. Also, they may express repetitive behavior, such as body rocking, stacking items, or a need to stick to […]
In a previous article, we discussed the difference between immunization and a vaccination. Vaccines are the first step needed before we can have better protection and be healthier. Vaccines are prepared using parts of or weakened versions of the germ we are trying to prevent from infecting the body and causing sickness. Because of the […]
Vaccination is the process of introducing a vaccine (weakened versions or dead pieces of the bacteria or virus that do not cause illness) into the body in order to produce immunity allowing the body to recognize and fight the infection in the future. Based on what is being targeted, there are different routes of administration. […]