Answers to Common Cold and Flu Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cold and flu.

Who Should Get a Flu Shot?

The flu can lead to other serious illnesses and even hospitalization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu shots for:

  • Everyone six months of age and older
  • Pregnant women
  • People 65 years old or older
  • People with medical conditions, including asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease
  • People who live with or care for others who are at high risk, including people with asthma, diabetes, chronic lung disease and the elderly
  • People who live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities
  • People who live with or care for infants and young children
  • Health care workers

Even if you have already had the flu this season, you should get a flu shot to help prevent against getting it again.

There are two types of flu vaccines:

  • Flu shot – approved for everyone six months of age and older
  • Nasal spray flu vaccine – approved only for healthy people between the ages of two and 49.

Ask your doctor why you should get the flu vaccine.

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Source: Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Guillermo Trevino, MD, Covington Family Care; Lauren Roth, MD, Phillipsburg Family Care; Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Janet Smith, CNP, Southtown Family Practice; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Anoopa Hodges, DO, Oakwood Primary Care

Sally S. McIntyre, MD

Sally S. McIntyre, MD

Belmont Physicians

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Guillermo "Bill" Trevino, MD

Guillermo "Bill" Trevino, MD

Miami County Internal Medicine

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