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Texas Physicians Encourage Flu Vaccination

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“Everyone should get a flu vaccination, but it’s really important that certain higher-risk people get vaccinated,” said Dr. Carlo. Elderly. Photo: Ed Lallo/Newsroom Ink

“Everyone should get a flu vaccination, but it’s really important that certain higher-risk people get vaccinated,” said Dr. Carlo. Elderly. Photo: Ed Lallo/Newsroom Ink

by Texas Medical Association staff

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“The flu vaccine is the best defense against getting the flu,” says John Carlo, MD, chair of TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health. Photo: Ed Lallo/Newsroom Ink

As fall begins, flu season follows close behind. Physicians are urging Texans to get vaccinated against this potentially serious, even fatal illness. According to the Texas Medical Association (TMA), flu season can begin as early as October and last through May.

“The flu vaccine is the best defense against getting the flu,” says John Carlo, MD, chair of TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health. “It’s a safe and effective way to protect yourself and those around you.”

Doctors say everyone six-months and older should be vaccinated every year as protection from the influenza virus. Dr. Carlo, a public health and preventive medicine specialist, said “now is the time to get the shot for protection throughout the entire flu season.”

New this year is are additional flu vaccination options.

  • The standard flu shot, which protects against three different flu viruses, two influenza A viruses and one influenza B virus (called “trivalent” vaccines).  Various versions of this vaccine, including one for people allergic to eggs, are available for children 6 months of age through adults.
  • An intradermal vaccine uses a much smaller needle than the regular flu shot for injection into the skin instead of the muscle. It is appropriate for people ages 18 to 64.
  • A high-dose trivalent shot, called Fluzone, is approved for people 65 years and older to give extra protection against the flu.
  • A new quadrivalent vaccineprotects against two influenza A and two influenza B viruses. It is available in the standard flu shot or as a nasal spray. The nasal spray vaccine is available for healthy people who are not pregnant, ages 2 to 49.
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Each year as many as one in five Texans of all ages get sick from the flu. About 200,000 people are hospitalized as a result, some with complications that include pneumonia and death. Photo: Ed Lallo/Newsroom Ink

Each year as many as one in five Texans of all ages get sick from the flu. About 200,000 people are hospitalized as a result, some with complications that include pneumonia and death.

“Everyone should get a flu vaccination, but it’s really important that certain higher-risk people get vaccinated,” said Dr. Carlo. Elderly people, young children, and pregnant women are at greater risk for serious complications if they get sick from the flu. People who have chronic health conditions, such as asthma and heart disease, are higher-risk, too.

The flu vaccination for pregnant women includes not only the mother, but also unborn baby — even after the baby is born, up to 6 months of age.

Physicians are encouraging taking simple precautions to help prevent becoming infected; cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you sneeze; wash your hands often; stay away from people who are sick; and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

A website have been set up by the Texas Department of State Health Services providing information where flu shots are available, as well as othe flu information. In additional website, www.flu.gov, also provides needed information.

The state’s medical association is working to improve immunization rates in Texas through its Be Wise — Immunize program.

Be Wise works with local communities to give free and low-cost shots and educate people on the importance of vaccination. More than 240,000 shots have been given to Texas children, adolescents, and adults through the Be Wise program since 2004.


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