Got Your Shot?

The sooner you get your flu shot, the better. It takes about two weeks for it to provide full protection and it lasts for six months. Who needs it most?

The sooner you get your flu shot, the better. It takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to provide full protection and it lasts for six months. Who needs it most? People at high risk of influenza-related complications or hospitalization include:

• adults (including pregnant women) and kids with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, heart or lung ailments and weakened immune systems
• people over 65 years of age
• children six to 59 months of age†
• healthy pregnant women
• aboriginal people
People who can potentially spread the flu to those at high risk include:

• health-care and other care providers and people who provide essential community services
• household contacts (adults and children) of individuals at high risk
• household contacts of infants under six months of age. (Infants are at high risk of complications from the flu, but cannot receive the flu vaccine.)
• members of a household expecting a newborn during the flu season
• those providing regular child care to children under 59 months of age

† Note: Children 24 to 59 months and their care providers have been added to the list of recommended recipients for 2012-2013.
Source: Ottawa Public Health

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