Flu Shots 2

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

If you didnt get your flu shot before Thanksgiving, its not too late. A shot in Decemberor even laterprotects you and others. Dr. Edward Hill discusses flu shots in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

In most years, flu season doesnt peak until February and can continue into May. A flu shot in late November or early December can still protect you during flu season. Thats why the Centers for Disease Control and others are sponsoring National Influenza Vaccination Week from Dec. 5 through 11.

Adults need one shot for year-long protection. Children under age 9 who have never had a flu vaccination will need two shots, given at least four weeks apart.

Projections for this flu season are that 115 million total flu vaccine doses will be given. This is not even half of the 260 million Americans that should be vaccinated.

Those at high risk for flu complications are:

- Children age 6 months to 5 years

- Pregnant women

- People age 50 and older

- People of any age with chronic medical conditions, and

- Those living in nursing homes or other long-term facilities

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