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It’s that time of year again. The days are shorter and colder and we're stuck inside most of the time. And, unfortunately, it's cold and flu season. Plus, we're still trying to protect ourselves from COVID-19 as the pandemic drags on.
There are some habits to help you stay well this winter and prevent the spread of illness. Discuss these with your family and especially children, as well as their caregivers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) breaks down basic stay-healthy tips everyone should know:
Anyone older than 6 months should have a flu shot, but especially pregnant women, people age 65 and older, and those with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes. There’s also a high-dose shot for people 65 and over because our immune system weakens as we age.
Everyone over age 65 and those with chronic medical conditions should also get both pneumonia vaccines. There are two types: pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (Prevnar13) and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (Pneumovax). These vaccines cover different types of bacteria that cause pneumonia, and are given one at a time, at least one year apart.
The COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for ages 5 and older, including booster doses for ages 12 and older. Vaccines may not prevent you from getting exposed to the virus. However, they do provide immunity that can clear the virus, making it less likely you’ll get infected. The COVID-19 vaccine also greatly reduces the chance of severe illness requiring hospitalization or resulting in death.
Be vigilant and you’ll get through this winter with minimal discomfort.
Learn how to protect yourself from a double whammy of flu and COVID-19.
Edward-Elmhurst Health has COVID-19 vaccine appointments available to ages 5 and older. It is easy to schedule a vaccine appointment. You do not need a MyChart account. Schedule your COVID-19 vaccine now.
Flu vaccines are available through your primary care physician. Contact your doctor’s office to schedule your flu shot. Find a doctor.
Our walk-in locations also offer flu shots. No appointment needed. Walk in any time. Find a walk-in location near you.
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