Flu and Pneumococcal (Pneumonia) Vaccines
New Year's Resolutions
Make 2017 your healthiest year yet!
- Ask your healthcare provider about flu and pneumonia vaccinations. Contact your local county health department for information on vaccine availability.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water to prevent the spread of illness and infection.
- Make healthy food choices and be active to improve overall health. Learn more about Scale Back Alabama, a free statewide weight-loss program kicking off in January 2017.
- Make an appointment for a check-up and screening. Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start.
- Be smokefree. If you are ready to quit, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit www.quitnowalabama.com for free resources, including free quit coaching, a free quit plan, free educational materials, and referrals.
Influenza is a serious disease; flu shots recommended for those 6 months of age and older (ADPH News Release)
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.