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To Get a Flu Shot or Not Get A Flu Shot: How to Protect Yourself from the H1N1 Flu Virus

• Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with a higher risk of medical complications from influenza.

Once the demand for vaccine for these groups has been met, vaccination for everyone ages 25 through 64 years will be recommended.

One difference between H1N1 and seasonal influenza is that adults over age 65 do not appear to have increased risk of complications from H1N1 as they do with seasonal influenza. For that reason, H1N1 vaccination for people over age 65 is not recommended at this time.

You need to seek medical care if you have severe illness or are at high risk of complications from influenza. Seek emergency medical care as follows:

In children, for:

• Fast breathing or trouble breathing

• Bluish or gray skin color

• Not drinking enough fluids

• Severe or persistent vomiting

• Not waking up or not interacting

• Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held

• Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

In adults, for:

• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

• Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen

• Sudden dizziness

• Confusion

• Severe or persistent vomiting

• Flu-like symptoms improve but they return with fever or worse cough

For more information visit www.springfieldhospital.org.

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