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Are you considering getting the flu shot, but are unsure if you should? The Doctors breakdown who should get the shot and why.
Last year, over 1 million people were hospitalized due to the flu, and 80,000 people died from complications. Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon feels that everyone should get the flu shot, and really stresses these individuals should definitely get the vaccine:
- Individuals over the age of 65
- Pregnant women
- Young children
- Those with comprised immune systems
- Healthcare professionals
- Workers who come in contact with the public often (flight attendants, teachers, restaurant employees)
OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry notes that getting the flu shot is safe during any trimester of pregnancy and says it is important becasue pregnant women have a higher incidence of getting a serious illness and of morality when they contact the flu while expecting. She also says the antibodies the mom receives from the shot transfers to the baby as well.
The Doctors also stress getting the flu from a flu shot is a myth. We'll say it again, the flu shot does not give you the flu. They also stress the best way to avoid getting the flu is by getting the shot. In fact, the shot is so effective that is cuts the number of flu-related deaths by 62 percent among healthy children.
To avoid getting sick in general, The Doctors remind you to wash your hands frequently (with soap and warm water) and avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes. They also suggest cleaning your phone often, as it can be filled with germs.
We answer more flu and cold questions, including whether you should work out with a cold and if immune-boosting supplements truly help you when you begin to feel under the weather. Find out what the panel thinks, in the video below.