Seasonal Flu Vaccine
Seasonal flu is a term used for the yearly flu viruses that occur, usually during late fall and winter.
Who needs a seasonal flu vaccine?
Anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu can get a vaccine. This year, the vaccine is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older.
People who should especially receive the flu vaccine, because they may be at higher risk for complications or negative consequences include:
- Children age 6 months to 19 years old
- Pregnant women
- People 50 years old or older.
- People of any age with chronic health problems.
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
- Health care workers.
- Caregivers of or people who live with a person at high risk for complications from the flu.
- Out-of-home caregivers of or people who live with children less than 6 months old.
What strains are included in this year's flu vaccine?
The 2012-2013 influenza vaccine includes three strains of flu that are expected to circulate this season. While the H1N1 virus used to make the 2012-2013 flu vaccine is the same virus that was included in the 2011-2012 vaccine, the recommended influenza H3N2 and B vaccine viruses are different from those in the 2011-2012 influenza vaccine for the Northern Hemisphere. Yearly vaccination is recommended for optimal protection.
When should you get the seasonal flu vaccine?
Seasonal flu vaccine will be available as early as September in many communities this year. Please arrange to receive the vaccine as soon as it arrives at your health care provider, local health department or pharmacy.
While no shortage is expected at this time, the Department for Public Health encourages people to receive their vaccination as soon as possible.