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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. The flu vaccine is updated every year to combat the flu viruses that research indicates are most likely to cause illness during the upcoming season.

There are different types of flu vaccine and ways administered to meet a variety of needs.

These are designed to combat three strains, or types, of flu.
• Intramuscular (Flu Shot): Ages 6 months and older.
• High Dose: A higher dose of antigen in the vaccine designed to give older people a better immune response and,
therefore, better protection against the flu. Ages 65 and older.
• Cell-based or Recombinant: For those with egg allergies. Ages 18 and older.

These are designed to combat four strains, or types, of flu.
• Intramuscular (Flu Shot): Ages 6 months and older.
• Intradermal: Using a smaller needle, it is injected into the skin instead of the muscle. Ages 18-64.

You got the Flu – Now What?
1. Figure out if it’s really the flu
You might have the flu if you have…
• A 100ºF or higher fever
• A cough and/or sore throat
• A runny or stuffy nose
• Headaches and/or body aches
• Chills
• Fatigue

2. Consider whether you need to see a doctor
Most people with the flu have a mild form of the illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. Antiviral drugs work best when started within two days of getting sick and are vital for high risk groups. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.

If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high risk group, or are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your health care provider.

Symptoms that may require medical attention include:
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• Purple or blue discoloration of the lips
• Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
• Sudden dizziness
• Severe or persistent vomiting
• Seizures
• Flu-like symptoms that keep returning

3. Stay home
CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or other necessities. Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever reducing medicine.

4. Prevent the spread
Stay away from others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. If you must leave home, for example to get medical care, wear a face mask if you have one, or cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the crook of your elbow. Wash your hands often to keep from spreading flu to others.

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