An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.
The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Traditional flu vaccines (called trivalent vaccines) are made to protect against three flu viruses; an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus. In addition, there are flu vaccines made to protect against four flu viruses (called “quadrivalent” vaccines). These vaccines protect against the same viruses as the trivalent vaccine and an additional B virus.
Who Should Get the Vaccine and When?
CDC advises routine annual influenza vaccinations for all persons aged ≥6 months who do not have contraindications. Optimally, vaccination should
occur before onset of influenza activity in the community. Health care providers should offer vaccination by October, if possible. Vaccination should
continue to be offered as long as influenza viruses are circulating. Children aged 6 months through 8 years who require 2 doses (see “Vaccine Dose
Considerations for Children Aged 6 Months through 8 Years”) should receive their first dose as soon as possible after vaccine becomes available, and
the second dose ≥4 weeks later. To avoid missed opportunities for vaccination, providers should offer vaccination to unvaccinated persons aged ≥6 months
during routine health care visits and hospitalizations when vaccine is available.
For more information the CDC’s Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines website, http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/acip/
If You Are Looking for a Flu Vaccine:
Go to: http://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/influenza/find-a-flu-shot.html
New Vaccine Requirements for Children Attending Daycare:
The State of Connecticut has issued new influenza vaccine requirements for children who attend day care. By each January 1, children ages 6-59 months attending a child day care center, group day care center, or family day care home are required to receive at least one dose of influenza vaccine between September 1 and December 31 of the preceding year. If families do not provide proof of the vaccinations, their children will be excluded from day care programs. Families, however, can seek exemptions for medical or religious reasons.
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SOURCE: Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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