Flu Shots: Good Idea for Seniors and Caregivers

It seems it is finally time to accept that summer is over, and all that comes with that, including flu shots.  Such an unpleasant thought.  But getting the flu really is worse than getting the shot and there are plenty of vaccinations on hand (The U.S. has a supply of 140 million vaccinations and only used 113 last year).  The Center for Disease Control recommends flu vaccinations for pregnant women, people 50 and older, younger adults with chronic illnesses such as diabetes or asthma, health-care workers, people who come into contact with infants younger than 6 months, and people in contact with others at high risk of flu complications.

Caregivers can go along with their senior client to get a flu shot.  Many senior centers, churches and area departments on aging provide flu shots.  Some doctors offer flu vaccinations on certain days and many pharmacies host flu shot days.  Walgreens pharmacy will provide flu and pneumonia vaccinations at many of their pharmacies in October and you may find out when and where on their website.

Get the shot, not the flu.

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Comments (4) -

  • Katie Deming

    9/26/2008 12:51:58 PM | Reply

    I work at a nursing home and can tell you it is vital seniors and anyone working with them get a flu shot.  When an older adult gets the flu, it is really a challenge to their health and can result in long hospital stays and recovery time.

  • Sally M

    10/7/2008 4:16:46 PM | Reply

    It is also good to remember that flu season is worse in January and February.  The shot is most effective the first 2 months after receiving it, so it may be better to wait until late November or early December to get the shot, so you are fully covered during peak flu season.  

  • Jeanne Brown

    10/14/2008 11:25:32 AM | Reply

    I have always neglected to get a flu shot and really thought they were unnecessary.  Last year when I was sick for a week with the flu, I vowed that I would get the shot every year because if there is any way to prevent losing a week to illness, I will do it!!

  • roberta Schlanker

    11/8/2008 2:57:04 PM | Reply

    I agree with Sally M.  I think I will get mine around the end of November.
    I have friends who say these shots give you the flu, but I have found no evidence for that.  I have one every year and think they are absolutely essential for protecting yourself and those around you.


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