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Meridian Wants to Remind You About Getting the Influenza Vaccination

Posted: 12/09/2019

Influenza is a serious concern for children under five years old, pregnant women, and adults 65 years of age and older. Influenza can make existing chronic health conditions worse, or lead to complications that may result in hospitalization or death.

Adults 65 years of age and older account for more than 50% of influenza-related hospitalizations. The best way to prevent influenza is the flu vaccine.

An annual flu vaccine is recommended during the flu season to reduce the risk of contracting influenza and spreading it to others.

  • The flu virus constantly changes, causing the vaccine to be less effective
  • The vaccine is designed to protect against the most common strains of the virus
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of injectable vaccines and nasal spray. Nasal spray is recommended for use in healthy, non-pregnant individuals, two years through 49 years of age

Click here to read the full announcement release by Meridian.

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