We love the autumn leaves and pumpkin patch visits this time of year, but fall also means it’s time for the dreaded flu shot. Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, shares why even the flu vaccine skeptics should get their flu shot.

What can we do to help prevent the spread of the flu?

Nurse Rose: With more than 25 million cases of flu annually — the best thing  you can do to reduce yours and your family’s risk is to get the entire family vaccinated against the flu. October and November are good times to get the vaccine. Although, it can still be effective as late as December.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

Nurse Rose: The seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s especially important for young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

What if my child is perfectly healthy, do they really need the vaccine?

Nurse Rose: Yes, even healthy kids and adults need to be vaccinated for several reasons.

  • You could infect others with weaker immune systems like the elderly
  • You can spread the virus without knowing you’re sick
  • The flu is more dangerous for young children under age 5, who have less developed immune systems

Can my child get the flu nasal spray instead of the shot?

Nurse Rose: Unfortunately, the CDC announced that the nasal spray form of the flu vaccine, called FluMist, is not effective. CDC recommends that all children 6 months and older receive the traditional flu shot.

Rose Melendez, RN

Rose Melendez, RN

Head of Emergency Department

Rose Melendez, RN is the head of the Emergency Department and Nursing Administration at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital. Tune into WGTS 91.9 FM every Wednesday at 7:40 a.m. to listen to Nurse Rose live on the radio.

Need your flu shot? Visit Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care. Walk-ins and online appointments available today.