In this week’s Brazos Valley Physician’s Organization Journal of Medicine Report, Dr. Kelly Maedo discusses the flu.
Lots of people have questions about the flu vaccinations. The first and most important question is who should get vaccinated for the flu.
Actually, the recommendations are everyone over the age of 6 gets vaccinated for the flu period. That’s pretty much the recommendations. There are obviously high risk populations that should even more definitely get vaccinated for the flu.
Anyone with children in the house under the age of six months who cannot be vaccinated, people over the age of 65, anyone with a chronic medical condition, asthma, diabetes, congestive heart failure, those kinds of diseases should definitely also be vaccinated for the flu. Those of you who don’t like shots, we now have a nasal spray flu vaccination and it is safe for healthy people ages 2-49.
There are some medications to treat the flu that are available. They actually just shorten the course of how long you are sick with the flu. They don’t really cure the flu. One of the things important about those medications is that they have to be started within 48 hours of when you first have symptoms for them to be effective.
The government has announced national influenza vaccination week which is going to be December 4th-10th in 2011. Don’t wait for that week to get vaccinated but that’s a time to remind people to get vaccinated because usually flu season starts in January or February.
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