RESOLVE TO GET A FLU SHOT FOR 2014
Michigan health officials urge residents to get the protection of a flu shot as we head into the new year. Angela Minicuci, of the Michigan Department of Community Health, says that right now is the time to be vaccinated since infections can spread rapidly at gatherings, like those to ring in 2014. Minicuci says that flu shots are most critical for parents and caregivers since they are not recommended for infants six-months-old-and-younger. She emphasizes that influenza can be serious, particularly among young children, older adults, and people with certain chronic health conditions, such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes. Minicuci says nasal spray is an option to a shot, and that this year vaccine is available for those with egg-allergies and the protection covers four strains of influenza this year instead of the traditional three strains. It takes about two weeks after receiving the flu vaccine to be fully protected against the flu virus. This season there are several different flu vaccine options, including a high-dose flu shot for people age 65 years and older, an egg-free flu vaccine for people with egg allergies, and vaccines that protect against four flu viruses. The CDC does not recommend one flu vaccine over another. Residents should speak with a healthcare provider about which vaccine is best for them. She says people can log on flushot.health map.org to find a location near you.