Even healthy people need to protect themselves against the flu

October 28, 2016

As flu season begins, it is important to know the health benefits of getting an annual flu shot versus myths about the vaccine. Myth: I am healthy, so there is no need for me to get a flu vaccine. Fact: It is true that the flu vaccination is routinely recommended for people who have a chronic illness. But anyone – even healthy people – can benefit from being vaccinated. Current guidelines suggest that children ages 6 months to 19 years old, pregnant women, and anyone over age 49 be vaccinated each year. In addition, the flu shot is recommended for healthy people who might spread the virus to others who are particularly susceptible. For this reason, health care workers are routinely advised to get the flu vaccination to protect their patients. Our people can receive a free flu shot. In Anchorage, no appointments are necessary for the flu vaccination clinic on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. After October, contact your primary care provider about getting a flu shot and look for flu information from our Tribal health organizations. Learn more about influenza and vaccination myths and facts at www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/misconceptions.htm.

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