High Risk Individuals Advised to Get Flu Shot

By Scott Sarvay

October 15, 2012 Updated Oct 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM EDT

UNDATED (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - It's flu season again and experts want everyone to get vaccinated. Especially for those labeled as "high risk.”

A flu "shot" is recommended for young children who are more susceptible to the disease. A nasal "mist spray" is also a recommendation.

Another high-risk group is pregnant women. According to medical experts the flu poses a danger to both the mother and the unborn child.

Dr. Susan Rehm of the Cleveland Clinic says, “Not only are women more vulnerable to influenza complications during pregnancy, but their babies may be affected by the flu."
"We know that pregnant women who get vaccinated for the flu have healthier babies. They also pass on their antibodies to the newborn in the first 6 months of life."

Experts say the flu shot is also critical for other high risk groups which include people with chronic medical problems, anyone age 65 and older and people who live-with or care-for people who are considered high-risk.

Flu shots are available through your doctor, your local health department and many major pharmacies.

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