Health Watch — Cold and Flu Season: Vaccination

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As the weather gets colder and people head indoors, the cold and flu season begins. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about preventing and treating colds, flu and related illnesses. The first thing to do to protect yourself is get vaccinated. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that children from 6 months to 19 years old be vaccinated, along with adults over age 50. Pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions should get a flu shot, as well as those who care for young children or older people. All of these groups are at high risk for flu complications or may have contact with people who are at high risk. Dr. R. Doug Hardy, an infectious disease expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, suggests that when you get your flu shot, you ask about other vaccinations you might need. Those who are at high risk for flu complications may also need to be vaccinated against pneumonia.

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November 2008

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