**Attention all Miraleste families** from the desk of Debra Letwin, School Nurse
- Now more than ever, it’s important to get your flu shot.
- Stay healthy during the pandemic and protect yourself from flu.
- Both flu and COVID-19 will be present in LA County this year.
Quick Flu Facts
- Influenza (flu) is a respiratory disease caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs.
- Flu is more than a bad cold. Flu can be mild to severe, and at times can lead to life-threatening illness like pneumonia, hospitalization or death.
- Similar to COVID-19, flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- Anyone can get flu (even healthy people), but people at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications include
- people 65 years and older,
- pregnant women
- children younger than 5 years
- people with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or HIV)
- Everyone 6 months and older should be immunized against flu.
- The flu shot can’t give you the flu. Flu vaccines are made with either inactivated (killed) viruses, or with only one part from the flu virus that cannot replicate. The nasal spray vaccine contains live virus that have been weakened so that they will not cause illness.
- Flu vaccines are very safe. For more than 50 years, hundreds of millions of Americans have safely been vaccinated for flu. No vaccine is 100 percent effective, but having some protection is always better than having none.
- Flu vaccines are safe for pregnant women. Pregnant who get infected with flu are at much higher risk for serious illness, hospitalization and premature birth. Getting a flu shot will help protect them and the baby from flu until the baby can be vaccinated at 6 months.