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(September 26, 2012)

 Get Vaccinated Against Influenza Today – There are Vaccine Options to Help Protect You and Your Family

Everyone in your family, no matter the age, needs to be protected against influenza – and vaccination is the most effective way to help protect us from contracting this potentially serious illness and spreading it to others.  That’s why the American Lung Association’s Faces of Influenza campaign wants you to know that influenza vaccine options are available for children, adults and seniors.

Influenza is more than a common cold.  Every year, thousands are hospitalized for the illness and its related complications, which can be severe and even lead to death.

To reinforce annual influenza vaccination as a public health priority, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months of age and older receive an influenza vaccination every year.
 
Influenza vaccine options are available for children, adults and seniors. Talk to your health care provider to find out more about the vaccine option that’s right for you and your family this influenza season.

To help residents recognize the importance of annual influenza immunization, the American Lung Association in Indiana is bringing Faces of Influenza to Indiana. 

American Lung Association in Indiana urges all Indiana residents to speak with their health care provider to find out more about the vaccine option that’s right for them and their family this influenza season.  Parents also should know that children 6 months through 8 years of age receiving a flu shot for the first time need two doses approximately one month apart for optimal protection.

While immunization is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older, it is especially important for those at higher risk of developing influenza-related complications. 

Groups at higher risk include: people 50 years of age and older; pregnant women; people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, diabetes, and others; and residents of long-term care facilities and nursing homes.  Annual immunization is also recommended for caregivers and household contacts of these high-risk groups, such as relatives and health care providers.  Unfortunately, influenza immunization rates in these groups fall far short of public health goals every year.

Help protect yourself and your loved ones from influenza this year by getting vaccinated.  Additional information about influenza and immunization can be found at www.facesofinfluenza.org.