National Influenza Vaccination Week

National vaccination

Taking place from December 7th to the 13th, this important week is set to gather communities, health professionals and health advocates in an effort to inform and promote the importance of vaccination before flu season hits its major peak.  Although it is unpredictable, we know by experience that flu season may start at the beginning of fall and carry on all the way into spring. Before this happens though, National Influenza Vaccination Week is all about bringing the resources together to reach out to the communities on the importance of vaccination.

Important Facts!

Why do you need to get vaccinations every year?

·         Flu viruses are constantly mutating getting stronger and harder to fight. Every year new vaccines are formulated to be able to fight and protect you against those new virus strains.

·         The immunization you got last year is not as strong as when you first got it. For optimal protection you need to get vaccinated every year.

·         Your body will be in full protective gear two weeks after you have applied or taken the vaccine.

While flu viruses are going around anyone can get vaccinated, although it is always better to do it before it starts.  The holiday season gets family and friend together and much more prone to contagious viruses such as the flu. This should be reason enough to want to have the protection that vaccines provides not only for yourself but also for your loved ones.

Keep in mind that for some people the flu can ultimately be fatal. Small children under the age of 5, and people who suffer from asthma, diabetes mellitus, immunosuppression, neurologic and neurodevelopmental disorders and others are those in mayor danger from the flu.

Why two doses?

There are some cases where two doses will be needed to make sure the person, especially children, are 100% protected. Two doses will be necessary on children that are younger than 9 and have never been vaccinated before.  In specific cases it will be the healthcare professionals that will advice who need double dose

Things to keep in mind

·         Remember that the H1N1 flu virus is still circulating today and it was until 2010-2011 that a vaccine came out. Many who did not get it when the disease appeared in 2009 must get two doses to be protected of the 2014-2015 vaccine to be fully protected.

·         Parents of children who did receive the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines must verify with their pediatrician when or if they need to get a second dose of the vaccines.

·         For the H1N1 vaccine the initial dose must be given as soon as healthcare officials announce its availability and the second one should be applied 28 after.

·         One dose=no protection vs two doses= full protection. It’s as simple as that. There is no in between if the patient lacks the second dose.

·         From 6 months to 8 years of age children who must get the two doses do not necessarily need to get the same kind of vaccine. They can get the shot of the nasal spray for the first or second dose.

·         Make sure that every person older than 9 gets one dose of the 2014-2015 flu vaccine as soon as possible.

·         Always consult with your physician or healthcare provider about any given vaccine or immunization before getting i

Discount Medical Supplies wishes you Happy Healthy Holidays! But only you can achieve that by taking advantage of vaccines and getting informed during this National Influenza Vaccination Week.