Friday, September 23, 2011

To Beat A Winter Cold, The CDC Recommends A Flu Shot

By: Shani K. Collins, Your Black World

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that Americans get a flu shot. The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases reports a constant rise in the number of Americans who receive the flu vaccine each year. In 2010, 130.9 million Americans, or 43 percent of the U.S. population, received a flu shot, according to Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC.

Frieden added, “We can say with certainly that the best way to protect yourself, your family and your community is to get a flu shot. For most people, the flu makes them sick for a few days, but for others — especially children, the elderly and people with underlying health conditions — it can be life-threatening.”

Four types of flu shots are available: The traditional vaccine, a nasal spray, a high-dose injection designed for people aged 65 and older, and a new “intradermal” vaccine that is administered just under the skin with a small needle, MSNBC reports. In addition to having the flu vaccine, the CDC recommends hand washing, and covering a cough to prevent getting the virus.

Shani K. Collins a freelance writer. You may visit her at

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