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Influenza Vaccine Information

The 2008-2009 influenza vaccine protects against influenza A (H3N2) Brisbane/10-like virus, the influenza A (H1N1) Brisbane/59-like virus and the influenza B Florida-like virus.  In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu can get vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that certain people should get vaccinated each year who are at higher risk of having complications or who are in close contact to those at higher risk.

These people include:

  • 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 such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease (not including high blood pressure)
  • 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 out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

Vaccination rates remain low among certain groups of people that are recommended to receive the vaccination every year: 33% in adults ages 50 to 64, 66% in people 65 and older, 13% in pregnant women and 42% in health-care workers1.

1 - CDC.Prevention and Control of Influenza: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP), 2008.MMWR 2008; 57(RR07):1-60


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