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Covering health services that most Tennesseans need. 4th Quarter 2013

 

 
 
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  flu vaccine

Remind your employees that getting vaccinated is the best protection against the flu.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months and older.

Having the flu can be serious. It can even be life threatening for high risk groups like:

  • People age 65 and older
  • Children younger than five years old
  • Pregnant women
  • People with long-term or serious health conditions including asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease

Do you need to worry about H1N1 flu this year? The CDC says that there will be three kinds of flu this year, including H1N1. One vaccine will protect you against all three flu viruses.

Flu vaccines are a FREE preventive benefit. Get a flu vaccine now.

How should you take your flu vaccine?

  • Regular flu shots are approved for people ages 6 months and older.
  • High-dose flu shots are approved for people 65 and older.
  • An intradermal flu shot (which uses a smaller needle) is approved for people 18 to 64 years of age.
  • The nasal-spray (nose) flu vaccine is approved for use in healthy people 2 through 49 years of age except for pregnant women. If you’re pregnant, you should not get the nasal-spray flu vaccine, but a flu shot is recommended.

The flu can also lead to pneumonia, which can be far more serious for the high risk groups listed above. Ask your doctor if you or your children also need the pneumonia vaccine.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm; www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/high_risk.htm; cdc.gov/flu/protect/children.htm; www.cdc.gov/Features/Pneumonia/

 

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