Each year there are about 36,000 flu-related deaths in the United States. The flu vaccine is the best defense against getting the flu.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends everyone 6 months and older get the vaccine. Anyone with a higher risk for complications related to the flu should be vaccinated. This includes:
- Children age 6 months until their 19th birthday
- Pregnant women
- People 50 years of age and older
- People of any age with certain chronic health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease)
- People who live in nursing homes
- Household contacts of person at high risk for complications from influenza including infants
- Healthcare workers
Children age 6 months to 8 years who have not received two doses of seasonal flu vaccine in the past may need to receive two flu vaccines this year.
Try these arm exercises after you receive your vaccination to help eliminate a sore arm.