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The Truth about Vaccinations

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It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week

Veterans! Be ready for the flu season by getting your flu shot. Flu shots are now available for Veterans enrolled in VA health care and VA health care personnel.

Check with your nearest VA health care facility.

Influenza, or “flu,” is a contagious respiratory virus that spreads easily from person to person. Flu season usually begins in the fall and can continue through late spring.

Anyone can catch the flu virus. Flu can be mild or serious for some and deadly for others. Flu causes hospitalizations and deaths, especially among vulnerable groups such as the very young, people ages 65 and older, and those with chronic medical conditions.

National Influenza Vaccination Week — December 2-8 — is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January and beyond.

Vaccination is your best protection against the flu, which occurs mostly between October and May. Protection can take up to 2 weeks to develop after vaccination and it lasts about a year.

Learn why you should get vaccinated and ways to prevent getting the flu.

Egg allergies?

The flu vaccine can be tolerated by people with egg allergies that are not severe. Check with your health care provider if you have a severe egg allergy. The flu vaccine contains egg protein.

VA has a very valuable web site with great information on the flu.

  • Learn why you should get vaccinated.
  • Learn ways to prevent getting the flu.
  • Learn how to treat the flu and when you should seek medical care.

And for a lot more information and resources, visit the CDC website.