With flu season around the corner (traditionally cases pop-up from October through early Spring with a peak occurring in January/February), it's time to prepare. While it is recommended that everyone 6 months of age and older receives a vaccination against the flu, it is especially important for individuals 65 and older, those with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, and young children.
There are many great resources available with specific information on the influenza (flu) vaccine, information about flu season 2013-14, and ways you can prevent getting the flu:
- Influenza information and resources (Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services) [Includes a Flu Vaccine finder for Missouri]
- Seasonal Influenza Basics and Prevention Information (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC)
- Flu + You campaign (National Council on Aging – NCOA)
- Frequently Asked Questions – Flu and Vaccination in Older Adults (NCOA)
- Flu + You fact sheet (for older adults) (NCOA)
Click on the flyer created by the CDC below (or here) to learn what 3 actions you can take to fight the flu.
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You can also click on the infographic created by the National Council on Aging below (or here) to find out more about why the flu vaccine is important for adults 65 and older.