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Influenza Vaccine Information
During flu season, an annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you get seasonal flu and lessen the chance that you spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.
The 2013-2014 influenza vaccines will be available in two formulations: trivalent or quadrivalent. Trivalent vaccines protect against the influenza A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus, the influenza A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus, and the influenza B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus. In addition to the three components in the trivalent vaccine, the quadrivalent vaccine also contains influenza B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.
A flu vaccine is needed every year because flu viruses constantly change over time. The flu vaccine is formulated each year to keep up with flu viruses as they change. Also a yearly flu shot is needed because a person’s immune protection from being vaccinated decreases over a year and yearly vaccination provides the best protection against the flu through the entire flu season.
There are five different vaccines available this season: the regular flu shot for people 6 months and older; a high-dose flu shot for people 65 years and older; an intradermal (given in the skin) flu shot for people 18 to 64 years of age; a recombinant hemagglutinin vaccine for people 18 to 49 years of age; and the vaccine that is given as a nasal spray for healthy, non-pregnant people 2 to 49 years of age.
The CDC recommends that people get vaccinated against flu as soon as the 2013-2014 flu vaccine becomes available in their community and continue throughout the flu season. Influenza seasons are unpredictable and can begin as early as October.
Vaccine Fact Sheets and Resources
Flu Shot Fact Sheet (CDC)
Fluzone Intradermal Fact Sheet (PR Newswire)
Fluzone Intradermal Information (CDC)
Aqui No Hay Influenza
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