Thursday, 20 December 2012

Day 102: Flu Shots

I'm a big fan of flu shots. Not only can you avoid getting one the most likely strains of the flu yourself, you can protect people who are especially vulnerable to the flu.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

Anyone who wants to reduce their risk of catching the flu should be vaccinated. It is highly recommended for people at greater risk of complications due to their age or health:
     -Children age 6-23 months
     -People with certain chronic diseases, such as heart, lung or kidney disease, diabetes, major obesity, cancer, asthma or a weakened immune system (also applies to pregnant women, regardless of the state of pregnancy)
     -Pregnant women in good health who are in their 2nd or 3rd trimester
     -People age 60 or older
It is also recommended for people in close contact with any of the above populations.

Questions about the flu vaccine? Here's a short video that explains how the vaccine is made and how it works.

Here is the link to the video source and other flu information from the Ontario government.

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