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Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.

Influenza Vaccination and Vaccine Safety (CDC web site)

Find a Flu Shot (American Lung Association Web Site)

For Parents, Families, and Individuals

What is influenza?

Protect Yourself and Your Children From The Flu: The Flu: A Guide for Parents (251k.pdf)
Flu: A guide for parents of children or adolescents with chronic health conditions (58k.pdf)

Pregnant Women Need a Flu Shot (CDC Web Site)
Is it safe to get flu vaccine while breastfeeding?  Yes, read this: Breastfeeding and the Flu (41k.pdf)

Is It a Cold or the Flu  English (National Institutes of Health Web site) 

¿Será un resfrio o será la gripe? Spanish (National Institutes of Health Web site)

More Information on Influenza Seasonal, Pandemic, Avian (National Institutes of Health Web site)

For Health Professionals

Summary of Influenza Recommendations for 2013-14, United States (CDC web site)

Febrile seizures associated with TIV and PCV13 (CDC web site)

The Evolution, and Revolution, of Influenza Vaccines (U.S. Food and Drug Administration Web Site Consumer Health Information)

Responding to Influenza - A Toolkit for Prenatal Care Providers (CDC web site)

Seasonal Influenza Toolkit for Nurses (ANA Web Site) from the American Nurse Association (ANA) 

2013-14 Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) for: 

Live Intranasal Influenza Vaccine (LAIV)

Inactivated Influenza Vaccine (TIV)

Screening Questionnaire for Inactivated Injectable Influenza Vaccination (Immunization Action Coalition Web Site)
Screening Questionnaire for Live Attenuated Intranasal Influenza Vaccination (Immunization Action Coalition Web Site) 

Standing Orders for Administering Influenza Vaccine 
Children and Adolescents
(Immunization Action Coalition Web Site) 
Adults
(Immunization Action Coalition Web Site)

Composition of the 2013-14 Influenza Vaccine                               

  • A/California/7/2009-like (pH1N1),
  • An H3N2 virus antigenically like the cell-propagated prototype virus A/Victoria/361/2011 (A/Texas/50/2012), and
  • B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus (Yamagata lineage)
  • and for quadrivalent vaccines - B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus

The Frequently Asked Questions were acquired from the Immunization Action Coalition web site "Ask the Experts" section on August 9, 2012. We thank the Immunization Action Coalition.


Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When should influenza vaccine be given?
A: You can begin offering vaccine as soon as vaccine becomes available. Early vaccination of children younger than age 9 years who are first time vaccinees can be helpful in assuring routine second doses before the influenza season begins.

Q: How long does immunity from influenza vaccine last?
A: Protection from influenza vaccine is thought to persist for a year or less because of waning antibody and because of changes in the circulating influenza virus from year to year.

Q: If an unvaccinated patient who has just recovered from a diagnosed case of influenza comes into our clinic, should we vaccinate him?
A: Yes. Influenza vaccine commonly contains three influenza vaccine virus strains; two for A viruses and one for a B virus which are prepared based on circulating viruses from the previous influenza season. Infection from one virus type does not confer immunity to other types and it would not be unusual to have exposure to more than one type during a typical influenza season. By all means, vaccinate this person!

Q: When a child needs 2 doses of influenza vaccine, can I give 1 dose of each type (injectable and nasal spray)?
A: Yes. As long as a child is eligible to receive nasal spray vaccine (i.e., is in the proper age range and health status), it is acceptable to give 1 dose of each type of influenza vaccine. The doses should be spaced at least 4 weeks apart.


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