November 02, 2009

Flu Vaccination Update

This flu season, there are two flu vaccinations being produced. One is for the typical seasonal flu and the other is for the H1N1 flu. If it is available, most anyone can request a flu shot to avoid getting the flu this season. However, the CDC recommends that certain groups get the vaccination first, if supplies cannot meet demand. 

Find a Flu Shot

Google's Flu Shot Finder - Enter your address for locations with the flu shot.

Flu.gov's Flu Shot Locator - Get information about the flu shot in your state.


Who Should Get the Flu Shot

The CDC recommends that these people get the H1N1 flu vaccination first:

  • Pregnant women
  • Caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age
  • Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
  • All people from 6 months to 24 years of age
  • Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.)

The CDC recommends that these people get the seasonal flu vaccination:

  • Children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday
  • Pregnant women
  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including: Health care workers; Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu; Household contacts and caregivers of children <5 years of age with particular emphasis on vaccinating contacts of children <6 months of age (these children are at higher risk of flu-related complications.

Reference
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm, http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/acip.htm

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