Questions about Flu season are in full force as families schedule their back to school doctor’s visits and discuss necessary immunizations. And, with the 2010-2011 flu season just around the corner – typically beginning as early as October and lasting through May – September is going to be the month to get immunize!
Here are a few facts from the Center for Disease Control regarding the new combo vaccines available this year:
- One vaccine: Flu vaccines will have three virus strains - two Influenza A, including 2009 H1N1, and an Influenza B.
- Almost everyone should get one: A CDC immunization advisory panel recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, an expansion of the previous recommendation to now include adults ages 19 to 49.
- Some kids need two doses: Two vaccines taken at least four weeks apart are recommended for children 6 months to 8 years with unknown vaccination history, those who have never had a seasonal flu vaccine, youngsters who received their first seasonal flu vaccine last year but only one dose, and those who didn't have an H1N1 vaccine last year.
- Special shot for seniors: Fluzone High-Dose, a new vaccine for people 65 and older, has additional antigens to protect the weaker immune systems of the aged; older people can also receive any flu vaccine recommended for adults.
For more information regarding the 2010-2011 flu season and the available immunizations, visit the CDC website here .
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention