Get Your Flu Shot 2019

Get Your Flu Shot 2019
Get Your Flu Shot 2019

October marks the beginning of the flu season, which means people are out getting their flu shots to prepare. Because the flu shot is updated based on the type of virus circulating around the country each year,

according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a flu shot from last year won’t necessarily protect you this year. People might be getting caught up considering how effective the flu shot is in 2019, but at the end of the day, it’s better to keep getting vaccinated than to take your chances.

Everyone 6 months and older should get the flu shot

The flu shot is your best defence against the flu. It can save lives by:

  • protecting you, if you are exposed to the virus
  • preventing you from getting very sick
  • protecting people close to you
  • because you are less likely to spread the virus

 

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The flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months and older, especially

People at high risk of complications from the flu

people with health conditions, such as:

  • cancer and other immune compromising conditions
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • lung disease
  • anemia
  • obesity
  • kidney disease
  • neurologic or neurodevelopment conditions
  • children up to 18 years of age undergoing treatment for long periods with acetylsalicylic acid (ASA)
  • people 65 years and older
  • people who live in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities
  • children under 5 years of age
  • pregnant women or those planning to get pregnant
  • Indigenous peoples

People who can pass on the flu virus to those at high risk

  • caregivers
  • childcare providers
  • healthcare providers
  • family and other household members
  • those who provide services in closed or relatively closed settings to people at high risk, such as crew on a ship

 

Get a flu shot every year

It’s important that you get a new flu shot every year because:

  • the type of flu virus usually changes from year to year
  • a new vaccine is created every year to protect you each flu season
  • effectiveness of the flu shot can wear off, so you need a new one every year to stay protected

The flu shot is effective

The effectiveness of the vaccine varies from season to season. It depends on how well the vaccine matches the circulating flu viruses, as well as the health and age of the person getting the flu shot.

The viruses circulating in the population can sometimes change during the time it takes to produce a vaccine. When this happens during the flu season, the flu shot may not work as well as expected.

It is also important to remember that the flu shot protects against several different flu viruses each season. Even when there is a less-than-ideal match or lower effectiveness against one virus, the seasonal flu shot can still provide protection against the remaining two or three viruses. If you do get the flu, the flu shot may reduce the severity of your symptoms.

Getting your flu shot is still the most effective way to protect yourself against the flu and flu-related complications.

The flu shot is safe

  • severe reactions are very rare
  • you can’t get the flu from the flu shot
  • most people have no side effects from the flu shot

2019-2020 flu vaccine

This season’s flu shot will protect you against:

  • Influenza A(H1N1)
  • Influenza A(H3N2)
  • Influenza B