2015-2016 Influenza Season
- WHO should get a yearly flu vaccine?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older including pregnant women and people who have chronic conditions. Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk for serious complications from influenza.
- WHERE can I get the flu vaccine?
Flu vaccines are offered by many doctor's offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many employers, and even by some schools. Even if you don't have a regular doctor or nurse, you can get a flu vaccine somewhere else, like a health department, pharmacy, urgent care clinic, and often your school, college health center, or work. For a clinic near you visit http://flushot.healthmap.org/.
- WHEN should I get my annual flu vaccine?
CDC recommends that people get vaccinated against flu soon after vaccine becomes available, preferably by October. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.
- WHAT do I do if I get sick?
Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high risk group, or are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your health care provider.
- MISCONCEPTIONS about the flu and flu vaccine.
- Can the vaccine provide protection even if the vaccine is not a "perfect" match?
All flu vaccines provide protection even if the vaccine is not a "perfect" match to the circulating strain. Flu vaccine contains three or four flu viruses so that even when there is a less than "perfect" match , the vaccine may protect against the other viruses.
- Can I get vaccinated and still get the flu?
- you are exposed to a flu virus shortly before getting vaccinated or during the period that it takes the body to gain protection after getting vaccinated; or
- you are exposed to a flu virus that is not included in the seasonal flu vaccine.
Health Care Providers
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