We thought it would be a good idea to share some of the basic facts about the flu, including answers to common questions people have about the vaccine. Data is taken from the Centers for Disease Control website on the flu.
What are the symptoms of the flu?
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills (some people may not feel feversish)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
What should I do if I feel some of the above symptoms?
Enterprises TV suggests making an appointment with your doctor to be tested for it. Some doctors are prescribing medication even a patient tests negative, just to be on the safe side.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
- Children older than 2 and adults over the age of 49
- People with compromised immune systems
- The elderly
- Health care workers
Which vaccine should I get and where can I get it?
- The live attenuated influenza vaccine, or LAIV, is a nasal spray recommended for healthy, non-pregnant people between the ages of 2 and 49
- The trivalent inactivated vaccine, or TIV, is a shot recommended for people who are pregnant, have a weakened immune system, experience certain long-term health problems, are a child or teen with long-tern aspirin therapy, are a young child with asthma or wheezing problems and are younger than 2 or older than 49 years of age
- To get the vaccine, call your doctor and ask if you need the vaccine.
- If he/she says yes, the vaccine is available at: Enterprises TV learns it is available at grocery store pharmacies, drug stores, urgent care clinics, community clinics, doctors’ offices, discount stores like Target. Call before you to be sure they have it in stock.