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Why is the flu so serious?
the flu (influenza) virus attacks your respiratory (breathing) system. It can make you very sick. For adults and children with chronic lung and heart disease or for seniors, whose immune system is weaker, the flu can lead to more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Complications from the flu can lead to death.
Can the flu be prevented?
Yes! Influenza can be prevented with a yearly flu shot. The flu vaccine now being used is very safe and effective in preventing the flu.
Are there any side effects with the vaccine?
Most people have little or no reaction to the flu vaccine. A few people may find that their arm is tender around the needle site, or them may have a slight fever, occasional chills, a headache or an upset stomach. These side effects last for just a day or two.
Why do I need a flu shot every year?
There are many different types of flu viruses. Several different types are around each year. Each year the flu vaccine is changed to protect against the current types of flu viruses that are expected to be around.
When should I get my flu shot?
You should have your flu shot between October and December. The earlier the better. This will protect you for the flu season which usually begins in late December or early January
Protect yourself against Pneumococcal Pneumonia
What is Pneumococcal Pneumonia?
Pneumococcal Pneumonia is a bacterial infection of the lungs which causes fever, chills, soreness in the chest and back. Pneumococcal Pneumonia is one of a group of illnesses that are caused by the pneumococcal bacteria. It is a serious illness.
Who is "at risk"?
All persons, two years of age or older with chronic:
How often is a Pneumococcal vaccination given?
Currently, it is recommended to get the vaccine only once. For certain individuals, re-vaccination may be required in the future. ASK YOUR DOCTOR!
Is the Pneumococcal vaccine safe?
The vaccine is safe and effective. You cannot get pneumonia from this vaccine. Some people have brief mild side effects including fever, muscle pain, swelling and soreness where the vaccine was given.
Where is Pneumococcal vaccination available?
The Pneumococcal vaccination is available from your family doctor. Check with Public Health Services in your region about other locations where you may receive this vaccine.
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