Flu and Pneumococcal (Pneumonia) Vaccines
Ask your healthcare provider about flu and pneumonia vaccinations. Contact your local county health department for information on vaccine availability.
Who Really Needs a Flu Shot?
- Pregnant women
- Children over age six months
- People over age 50
- Anyone with a chronic disease
- Health Care Personnel
Plus flu shots are important for family members and other caretakers to keep them from getting and spreading flu.
Health Care Personnel Influenza Vaccination
The Alabama Department of Public Health, the Medical Association of the State of Alabama and the Alabama Hospital Association issued a joint statement emphasizing the importance of health care personnel receiving influenza vaccinations. Read the statement.
Who Should Not Get the Influenza Vaccine
There are some children who should not get the vaccine, either nasal mist or injection, without first consulting a physician. These include children who:
- have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
- have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past.
- developed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) within six weeks of getting an influenza vaccine previously.
- have a moderate-to-severe illness with a fever (they should wait until they recover to get vaccinated). Children with a mild cold or other minor illness may be vaccinated.
Why Does Anyone Need a Pneumococcal (Pneumonia) Shot?
- It protects against Pneumonia, which is a serious illness.
- Pneumonia can cause serious illness requiring hospitalization, or even death.
- Pneumonia, an infection of the lungs, needlessly affects millions of people worldwide each year.
Find out about the best defense against Pneumonia from your healthcare provider.