Seasonal Flu Vaccination
Who needs a flu vaccine?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine as soon as possible. The 2012 - 2013 flu vaccine will protect against three different viruses including the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness in past seasons.
Who should get vaccinated this season?
Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine this season. It's especially important for some people to get vaccinated. Those people include the following:
- People who are at high risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia if they get sick with the flu. This includes:
- People who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
- Pregnant women.
- People 65 years and older.
- People who live with or care for others who are high risk of developing serious complications
- This includes household contacts and caregivers of people with certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
What is the vaccine?
Vaccination is the best protection against the flu and can be given as a shot or nasal spray.
The shot is vaccine made with dead virus and is injected into the arm. It is approved and recommended for anyone older than 6 months.
The mist vaccine is administered as a nasal spray and is made with a live, weak virus. Healthy, non-pregnant people ages 2 through 49 years old without chronic medical conditions are eligible for the flu mist vaccine.
Consult a health care professional to help you make the best decision about which vaccine is right for you.
Spread the Word: Get vaccinated!
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Last updated Jun 16, 2014