Temperatures are dropping, days are getting shorter, and (unfortunately) flu and pneumonia are beginning to appear in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.
Getting a vaccine is a simple act of preventative care that some North Carolinians and South Carolinians fail to do. This is despite the widespread availability of vaccines throughout both states. Whether your failure to get a flu shot in the past has been due to fear about potential side effects or whether it is a task that simply gets neglected due to the business of the season, it is important that you make an effort to get a flu vaccine this year.
Why Flu and Pneumonia Shots Are Critical for Your Health
Influenza (the flu) is a serious disease that kills anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 people every year in the United States. The vast majority of those who experience serious complications or death from the flu are the elderly and the very young.
Flu season can last from October to May. During this time, the flu virus is circulating among the U.S. population at a greater level than at other times of the year.
The flu shot or flu spray vaccine is strongly recommended for:
- Children and adults over 6 months of age.
- Those whose job or other activities bring them into contact with at-risk individuals such as young children or the elderly.
- Others who are at risk of developing serious complications from the flu.
Pneumonia is an upper-respiratory infection that can cause serious complications in some individuals. Like the flu, pneumonia can result in hospitalization and, in some severe cases, death.
Pneumonia vaccines are typically available around the same time as the yearly flu vaccine, and many places that offer the flu vaccine also offer the pneumonia vaccination. It is recommended that the pneumonia vaccine be given to:
- Children under the age of 5 years old.
- Adults ages 65 and older.
- Children and adults 6 years of age or older who have certain risk factors.
Should You Get a Shingles Vaccine?
Shingles is another condition for which many clinics and doctor’s offices offer a vaccination. Shingles is a painful skin inflammation that can affect individuals who got chickenpox as a child.
A shingles vaccination is available and recommended for individuals who are 60 years of age or older. Even if a person has already had shingles in the past, a shingles shot can help prevent future recurrences.
Our Lawyers Help Victims of Dangerous Drugs
Vaccinations for the flu, pneumonia and shingles are generally considered safe and are recommended for many individuals this cold and flu season. Even if the vaccination does not keep a person from getting sick, a vaccination can help reduce the length and severity of illness.
Unfortunately, not all drugs are as safe as these vaccines. Some prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause serious complications for users. If you have taken medications and suffered injuries or complications, contact our North Carolina and South Carolina drug injury law firm at (800) 533-6845. The law firm of Grimes Teich Anderson, LLP may be able to assist you in obtaining compensation for your expenses and losses.