What are flu symptoms?
Let’s play a little guessing game. What’s common, usually comes around the fall season, contagious, but can often be prevented through a vaccine? If you said the ‘flu’, you win! Flu symptoms often include:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Muscle pains
- Feeling tired
- For children, diarrhea or vomiting may also be present. In some cases, complications may include pneumonia, bronchitis, and/or sinus and ear infections.
Typically, the flu is transmitted through the air by coughs or sneezes. Some studies show that, on the average, the flu causes three to five million yearly cases of severe illness and about 250,000 to 500,000 yearly deaths worldwide. To say the least, flu vaccines are highly recommended!
Kaiser Permanente Offers Members Free Flu Shots
When can I get Kaiser Permanente Flu Vaccines?
Where can I find a Kaiser Permanente Flu Clinic?
Why do I need a flu shot every year?
- Immunization protection lasts for a year only.
- The vaccine changes each year. Each year, the flu shot is designed for the specific flu virus that is expected for that particular year.
- Immunity decreases with age.
- It is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American College of Physicians (ACP), and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
Flu Vaccines Based on Age or Special Needs
- Adults (18 & over) -
- Healthy adults have the option to receive a seasonal flu shot or seasonal flu spray.
- Pregnant women
- It is safe for pregnant women to get a flu shot. Regarding this year’s flu season, it is highly recommended that pregnant women get this year’s flu vaccine. Flu nasal spray is not recommended while pregnant.
- Children (6 months to 17 years)
- It is strongly advised that children over 6 months get a seasonal flu vaccine. Parents may choose between a flu shot and a flu nasal spray for their child. Some children may need the vaccine in 2 doses or increments. Check with your child’s pediatrician for details.
- It is strongly recommended that people with chronic conditions get a season flu vaccine. However, it is not advisable that they use a flu nasal spray.
- Seniors age 65 and over
- People with asthma or respiratory issues, diabetes, or heart conditions
- Pregnant women
- Children age 6 months to 4 years
- Be sure to consult with your doctor if you have any concerns or have never received a flu vaccine.
When a Flu Vaccine is Not for You
- Those who are allergic to chicken eggs.
- Those with an adverse reaction to a flu vaccine.
- Kids under 6 months old
- Those who are ill.
- Those with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
Apart from getting a flu vaccine, it is recommended that you wash your hands often and cover your hands when coughing or sneezing. Using anti-bacterial soap is a natural way to kill any potential flu virus. Hopefully, you can enjoy the fall season without coming down with flu symptoms. For specific recommendations on what you can do to defend yourself against cold and flu viruses, speak with your primary care doctor today.