A flu priority shot is something that many people are eligible for but many of them don't realize it. Most people should get the flu shot each year in order to stay healthy throughout the flu season but some people are able to get the flu shot earlier than everyone else and these people are eligible for what is known as the flu priority shot.
The flu priority shot is what health care workers and some other people in the public can get. If you are able to get the flu priority shot you will have until October 24 to get the flu priority shot before anyone else can get their flu shot. The flu priority shot is the same flu shot as the regular one, the priority part of the flu priority shot is only referring to that fact that these people can get their shot first thus ensuring that they get it at all.
The flu shot goes fast and that is why they have set up the flu priority shot program, to make sure that those who really need to get the flu shot get it while it is still available.
If you are 65 or older you may be eligible to get the flu priority shot each year as long as you do not have any chronic health conditions that would make this dangerous to your health. And if you live in a long-term care facility you will also be able to get the flu priority shot every year.
There are others who are eligible for the flu priority shot and they are as follows:
Those who are over two and under 64 can and should get the flu priority shot if they have health conditions that would make the flu very dangerous to them.
Smaller children who are 6 months to 23 months of age should get the flu priority shot because they can be in danger from the flu each year as well.
All pregnant women should get the flu priority shot to keep them and their babies safe from the flu and its side effects.
Anyone who is in the health care field and who comes into contact with the patients are eligible for the flu priority shot and in some cases they actually have to get the flu priority shot or they will not be allowed to continue working.