Get Your Flu Shot!

Anissa DeLorenzo

Healthy People 2020 Objective

Increase the proportion of older adults who are up to date on a core set of clinical preventive services.
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What You Need to Know

All individuals over the age of 65 should receive a flu shot between the months of October and March (the sooner the better)!


Signs and Symptoms of the Flu: fever, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, chills.


The flu can cause severe illness, inability to complete daily tasks, and even death.

Are You At Risk?

Adults over the age of 65 have a weakened immune system, which increases your chances of getting the flu.


Pre-existing conditions (ex. heart disease, diabetes, COPD) increase your chance of severe illness from the flu.


Morbidly obese individuals are at risk from having complications related to the flu.

How to Know if You Have the Flu: Flu Symptoms

Flu Shot Facts

You cannot get the flu from receiving the flu shot!


Severe allergic reactions are very rare.


Let your doctor or nurse know if you have an allergy to any components of the flu shot (eggs)!


Fever, body aches, along with swelling or redness at the injection site are potential side effects of the flu shot.


Call your doctor if you experience any of the following after getting the flu shot:


Hives

Breathing Problems

Fast Heartbeat

Dizziness

Weakness

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What Does My Flu Shot Do?

Getting your flu shot can:


1. Decrease your risk of getting the flu.


2. Reduce the severity of illness if you were to get the flu.


3. Decrease the amount of doctor's visits needed.

How Can I Get My Flu Shot?

Home visits may be provided if you are unable to leave your home.


Most shots are covered under insurance or either Medicare Part B or Part D.


No appointments are needed at your local drug stores (CVS, Walgreens), walk-ins accepted!

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Take Action!

1. Sign up for newsletter reminders to get your flu shot (from your doctor or pharmacy).


2. Have reminders placed on repeat prescriptions.


3. Ask for a brochure on flu vaccinations from your doctor, pharmacy, or clinic.


4. Ask your doctor any questions you have on the safety or effectiveness of the. vaccine


5. Make an appointment with your doctor, or stop by a walk-in pharmacy to get your flu shot!


6. Wash your hands and avoid being around sick people to decrease your chances of getting the flu!

Who Can Help Me?

For questions and more information contact or visit:


Your doctor

Your local pharmacy

Your community health department


http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/flushot.htm


www.flu.gov

References

Bakhshi, S., & While, A. E. (2014). Maximising influenza vaccination uptake among older people. British Journal of Community Nursing,19(10), 474-479. Retrieved January 28, 2016.


Seasonal Flu Shot. (2015, September 18). Retrieved February 02, 2016, from http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/flushot.htm


Worasathit, R., Wattana, W., Okanurak, K., Songthap, A., Dhitavat, J., & Pitisuttithum, P. (2015). Health education and factors influencing acceptance of and willingness to pay for influenza vaccination among older adults. BMC Geriatrics, 15(1). Retrieved January 28, 2016.