The Importance of the Flu Shot

The hot topic on everyone’s lips this year has been that of the COVID-19 Vaccine from Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson.  But what hasn’t been spoken about nearly as much recently is the protection of you and your loved ones from Influenza via the Influenza, or “Flu”, Vaccine.

It’s by far super important to get this vaccine now as opposed to other years.  According to The Mayo Clinic, the flu vaccine for the 2021 Flu Season will help to prevent four strains of the flu that is believed to be in circulation this year.

For those that might be confused about what exactly it is, Influenza is a respiratory infection that can cause serious complications, particularly in young children, older adults, and people with certain medical conditions.

Differentiating from the COVID-19 Vaccine which has stricter requirements in order to be vaccinated, the CDC recommends that anyone 6 months and older should be allowed to obtain the flu vaccine on an annual basis.

When it comes to who should receive the vaccine, the CDC as well recommends the following groups as a sort-of priority grouping:

  • Pregnant women
  • Older adults
  • Young children
  • People with weakened immune systems

In addition to these groups, if you suffer from the following conditions, it becomes even more important to obtain a vaccine this season:

  • Asthma
  • Cancer or cancer treatment
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Heart disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Brain or nervous system conditions
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Obesity

As a note of caution – the flu vaccine does have a 2-week period where the vaccine will take into full effect.  Help to protect yourself this season by providing an extra level of protection from influenza.

A transplant from NYC, Aaron always had a passion for helping and supporting the community in any way that he can.  Aaron hopes to bring to Central Outreach a sense of fun and laughter, but also compassion and empathy for all that are in need.