Who should get the flu shot? Iqaluit NU

Individuals who have metabolic diseases, renal disease, and those who are pregnant, as well as other individuals, should receive a flu shot this winter due to high-risk concerns.

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Who should get the flu shot?

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(NC)-The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) provides the Public Health Agency of Canada with ongoing and timely medical, scientific, and public health advice relating to immunization. Below is a list of recommended recipients for the influenza vaccination.

People at high risk of influenza-related complications are more likely to require hospitalization:

• Adults (including pregnant women) and children with the following chronic health conditions:

- cardiac or pulmonary disorders (including bronchopulmonary dysplasia, cystic fibrosis and asthma)

- diabetes mellitus and other metabolic diseases

- cancer, immunodeficiency, immunosuppression (due to underlying disease and/or therapy)

- renal disease

- anemia or hemoglobinopathy

- conditions that compromise the management of respiratory secretions and are associated with an increased risk of aspiration

- children and adolescents with conditions treated for long periods with acetylsalicylic acid

• People of any age who are residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities

• People who are 65 years of age or older

• Healthy children six to 23 months of age

• Healthy pregnant women (the risk of influenza-related hospitalization increases with increasing length of gestation; e.g. it is higher in the third than the second trimester).

People capable of transmitting influenza to those at high risk:

• Health care and other care providers in facilities and community settings who, through their activities, are capable of transmitting influenza to those at high risk of influenza complications

• Household contacts (adults and children) of individuals at high risk of influenza-related complications (whether or not the individual at high risk has been immunized):

- household contacts of individuals at high risk listed in the section above

- household contacts of infants less than six months of age (who are at high risk of complications from influenza but for whom influenza vaccine is not approved), and

- members of a household expecting a newborn during the influenza season

• Those providing regular child care to children less than 24 months of age, whether in or out of the home.

• Those who provide services within closed or relatively closed settings to persons at high risk (e.g. crew on ships).

Others:

• People who provide essential community services

• People in direct contact during culling operations with poultry infected with avian influenza

Note: Healthy persons aged two to 64 years without contraindication are also encouraged to receive influenza vaccine even if they are not in one of the aforementioned priority groups.

For more information visit: www.phac-aspc.gc.ca.

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