To get or not to get the flu shot? Even if you are healthy as a horse, you may still be strongly encouraged to get the flu shot. There are also a variety of health related reasons why someone should get a flu vaccination. Take this quiz and learn all about protecting you and your family from the flu.
Healthy people over the age of _____ can receive the flu shot.
The flu shot is relatively safe and all healthy people over the age of six months are recommended to get it.
Adults and children with certain health conditions are strongly recommended to get the flu shot. What are they?
chronic lung and heart problems
chronic metabolic diseases
both of the above
The American Center for Disease Control strongly recommends that children and adults with chronic lung and heart conditions receive the flu vaccination. It is also strongly recommended that children and adults with chronic metabolic disorders, such as diabetes, renal dysfunction, hemoglobinopathies, or immunosuppression receive the flu shot.
Certain groups of healthy adults are strongly recommended to get the flu shot. These groups include:
people over 50 and pregnant women in their second and third trimester
health care providers and college students
both of the above
Certain groups of people are at higher risk of getting the flu, such as people over 50 and women in their second and third trimester. Moreover, health care workers and adults who live in institutional settings, such as college students, should also get the flu shot.
Who should consult their doctor before getting a flu shot?
People who are allergic to eggs.
The flu vaccine is grown in an egg and the egg cannot be completely extracted from the vaccine. For this reason, people who are allergic to eggs should consult their doctor before getting the flu shot.
How does medication help prevent against contracting the flu?
It reduces the effectiveness of the virus.
It improves your resistance to the virus.
There are three oral flu medications that are approved by the American Food and Drug Administration: amantadine, rimantadine and oseltamivir. These drugs help improve your resistance to the flu virus, limiting the virus's ability to replicate inside your body.
Most vaccines, including the current flu vaccine, are repelled by the skin. This is why the flu vaccine must be injected into the body. Innovative research, however, is in the process of developing a vaccine that can be administered through the nasal passages.
Preliminary research on the nasal spray flu vaccine revealed that it is highly effective in preventing the flu. People who receive the nasal spray flu vaccine take fewer sick days and experience fewer days of illness.