Flu Season Raises Health Concerns for Those With Disabilities

Flu season is upon us—and with it comes an increase in the health concerns for disabled people with regard to catching the flu.

Each year, a new strand of the flu vaccine is made available to people wishing to decrease their risk of contracting seasonal flu. Flu season typically begins in October, peaks around January or February, and can last through May. For people with disabilities, a flu shot is highly recommended.

Seasonal flu can be spread by contact with a contaminated person or with items a contaminated person handled. Physical contact, proximity to sneezing or coughing, and even casual conversation can spread contaminated droplets between people.

The flu can cause serious health complications even in normally healthy persons, but can be especially harsh, even fatal, for those with certain disabling conditions. Anyone with a compromised immune system—such as those with diabetes, HIV, or other chronic immunity-impairing disease—is generally advised to seriously consider a vaccination from the seasonal flu.

The CDC has created a special website specifically for information about the flu. The CDC recommends the vaccine for anyone aged six months and older, unless an exception applies, such as those with prior adverse reactions to the vaccine or those who developed Guillain-Barre syndrome after a previous vaccine.

The flu vaccine comes in either a shot or via a nasal spray. Whether you should receive the spray or a shot should be determined between you and your doctor. If you have a disabling health condition—such as one that qualifies you for Social Security disability benefits—ask your doctor about being vaccinated for the seasonal flu. There are often resources to obtain free or reduced cost vaccines in your area and you may help prevent the spread of flu in your community by vaccinating yourself.

If you need assistance with your Louisiana Social Security disability claim, call today: 985-240-9773.

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