Protect yourself and your family
We want to help you stay healthy this season, with flu shots available at many Franciscan clinic locations. Flu shots reduce your chances of fever, sore throat, muscle aches and other flu-like symptoms. Get your shot today and protect yourself before the flu season peak!
Why get vaccinated?
Influenza ("flu") is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every winter, usually between October and May. Flu is caused by the influenza virus, and can be spread by coughing, sneezing, and close contact. Flu can make some people much sicker than others. These people include young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions - such as heart, lung or kidney disease, or a weakened immune system.
Flu can also lead to pneumonia, and make existing medical conditions worse. It can cause diarrhea and seizures in children. Each year thousands of people in the United States die from flu, and many more are hospitalized.
Flu vaccine is the best protection we have from flu and its complications. Flu vaccine also helps prevent spreading flu from person to person. It takes about 2 weeks for protection to develop after the vaccination, and protection lasts several months to a year.
Who should get a flu shot?
- Anyone at least six months old and older
- People with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease
- Pregnant women
- People age 65 years and older
- Healthcare workers
- People who care for children under 6 months old
- Caregivers of those at high risk of serious flu illness
When not to get a flu shot
- People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
- People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination.
- Children younger than 6 months of age (influenza vaccine is not approved for this age group), and
- People who have a moderate-to-severe illness with a fever (they should wait until they recover to get vaccinated.)
- People with a history of Guillain–Barré Syndrome that occurred after receiving influenza vaccine and who are not at risk for severe illness from influenza should generally not receive vaccine. Tell your doctor if you ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Your doctor will help you decide whether the vaccine is recommended for you.