Flu Shots 1

Monday, December 06, 2010

The flu itself generally isnt dangerous, but its complications can be. Thats why its so important to determine whether you and your family should be given annual flu shots. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the CDCs recommendations for flu shot recipients in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The nation is set to receive more than 140 million doses of flu vaccine this year, a record amount that comes as the government is urging more children than ever to be inoculated.

Each year, influenza causes 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths. It recommends that a wide variety of people get vaccinated, including:

All children between ages 6 months and 18 years, unless they have a serious egg allergy. Until now, flu vaccine was recommended for children under 5 or those with chronic illnesses such as asthma.

Adults 50 and older.

People of any age with certain lung, heart or other chronic disorders, or a weakened immune system.

Women of any age who will be pregnant during flu season.

Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities.

Health care workers.

Parents or other caregivers of people with high-risk conditions.

Flu shots work for all ages, and the nasal vaccine FluMist works for healthy people ages 2 to 49.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.