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Reminder Flu Season is HERE! #FightFlu

I've already seen reports of flu cases – ugh!

Did you know…

  • Now is the time to get a flu vaccine and protect your family before flu begins spreading in your community. CDC recommends vaccination by the end of October.
  • It takes about 2 weeks after flu vaccination for the body to build up protection against flu.
  • Flu vaccine prevents millions of illnesses and flu-related doctor’s visits each year.
  • Flu vaccination not only can prevent flu illness, but has been shown to reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalizations in adults by about 40%.
  • A recent study showed flu vaccination among adults reduced the risk of being admitted to an ICU with flu by 82%.
  • CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year.
  • Having an egg allergy no longer a reason to avoid getting a flu vaccine.
  • It’s important to get a flu vaccine every year! Immune protection from a vaccine declines over time, so getting vaccinated every year ensures maximum protection.
  • Get the latest updates on flu activity in your state. Read CDC’s weekly #FluView surveillance report for details: 
  • It's especially important for people with asthma to take special precautions to avoid the flu and seek treatment quickly if they do get sick:
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  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Yep! My allergist said it's already in Virginia, so it's my to-do list next week.  My daughter's pediatrician is now giving shots to parents of the kiddos, not just the patients. I'm hoping to take advantage of that supportive environment for my DD…just have to check to see if insurance will cover it.  

  • Pljohns

    I saw an article on CDC's web that they are expecting this years flu to be worse than last year.  The article said they had changed one component of the vaccine from last year but the one they put in, they don't think will be that much better.  I sure do hope they are wrong.

  • Melissa G

    Ok ladies, I need you to help keep me accountable and make sure not only do I need to get my flu shot, but I need to get my kids into the drs to get their's. I keep forgetting to call the ped. 

  • Pljohns

    I went to get my flu shot today-Publix has the high dose in-but when I got there, they refused to give me a high dose because I’m not 65!  Guess I’ll wait 3 more weeks until I see the doctor and get it there.

  • LK

    I got my flu shot a week or so ago at my PCP's and they wouldn't give me the high dose either since I am not 65.  

  • Deborah Bartlett

    I am seeing my primary care doctor Wednesday. I want to get my flu shot. I had a pneumonia shot last year, but may need another due to my very low immunity.I will see what the doc says. I just don't want to get sick and end up in the hospital. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Lynn and Lisa, that stinks that you couldn't get the high dose shot. I ran into something similar last year when I couldn't get my second pneumonia shot.

    Deborah, so glad you're talking to you doc about the vaccines that you need!

    Melissa, I'll keep you accountable if you'll keep me accountable. I was planning on going to get my flu shot tomorrow … but then I got a doctor's appointment reminder, and they totally hashed up the appointment time. This doc does not offer flu shots …

    Also, I will have to wait on DD's flu shot until she is over this current sinus infection/asthma flare. In the past her docs have instructed us to wait if she was under the weather.

    For me, they say it's okay as long as I don't have a fever … but her situation is a bit different. 

  • Deborah Bartlett

    I am actually looking forward to getting those shots. Peace of mind, my friends. It's 4:11 pm and it's already getting dark here. The boogeyman is waiting to come out! Think I'll hide in here with you! 😉

  • K8sMom2002

    Deborah, I hear you! There's a nice "grown-up" feeling I get when I get my flu shot (or do other things that can help prevent bad things from happening.) 

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Well…two weeks will be here before you know it. Just be careful until then. I've tried to stay away from big crowds because I don't want to take a chance on picking up flu germs. It's 4:30 am. In 6 hours I will be at the doctor's office. I am going to wear a mask in the waiting room because of all the sick germs there. Take care of yourself!!

  • Pljohns

    I read  that they replaced one component of the flu vaccine from last year with a different one for this year, but the new one isn't any more effective than the one they replaced.  Some researchers are predicting that this year will be as bad if not worse than last year-UGH

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Hello my friends. Well…I went to my primary care, who is a lung specialist. He has helped me quite a bit. My breathing was good. Oxygen level 98 on the oximeter. He wants me to have a lung cancer screening because people with asthma who also have COPD should have one. I have to wait for diagnostic imaging to call me. Anyway….he said they have no more flu vacs til November. Go ahead to Wal-Mart pharmacy and get one. Go ahead and get the 2nd pneumonia vac. I will fax the prescription. Well….the darn insurance company says their system is fouled up. I have to wait 2 to 3 days to find out if it is working again. All of that b.s. wasted about 6 hours yesterday. I am so annoyed that I cannot get the shots. If I don't get this resolved I am calling the insurance commissioner for the state of CT. I have a right to get my shots. 😢