What is the Flu Vaccine?

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The flu is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. In fact, the CDC estimates that the number of flu-related hospitalizations since 2010 is anywhere from 140,000 to 710,000, with flu-related deaths being anywhere from 12,000 to 56,000 during this same timeframe. Therefore, it is important to get a flu shot in order to reduce your chances of becoming sick with this condition and putting yourself at risk.

How Does the Flu Vaccine Work?

The flue vaccine causes your body to develop antibodies about two weeks after receiving the vaccination. These antibodies help to protect your body from infection by these viruses. Traditional flu vaccines are made to protect against three flu viruses: influenza A (H1NI), influenza A (H3N2) and influenza B virus. There is also a vaccine made to protect against four flu viruses that adds an additional B virus to the vaccination, while the seasonal flu vaccine protects against the virus that research indicates will be the most common in the upcoming flu season.

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Who Should Get the Flu Vaccination?

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older, but it is particularly important for those who are at a high risk of serious complications from influenza. This includes children younger than five, adults older than 65, pregnant women, nursing home residents, American Indians and Alaskan Natives. People with certain medical conditions are also at a higher risk. These conditions include:

  • Asthma
  • Blood disorders
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disorders
  • Liver disorders
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Neurological conditions
  • Weakened immune system

People with a BMI of 40 are more are also at a greater risk of complication from the flu. To learn more about the flu vaccination, contact Advanced Spine & Rehab today!

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