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Find a Flu Shot (American Lung Association Web Site)
Composition of the 2012-13 Influenza Vaccine
• A/California/7/2009-like (pH1N1),
This represents a change in the influenza A (H3N2) and influenza B components from the 2011–12 influenza vaccine. The A/California/7/2009-like (pH1N1) strain remains unchanged and is the 2009 pandemic strain.
For Parents, Families, and Individuals
For Health Professionals
Influenza Vaccine Recommendations 2012-13 Season (CDC web site)
Febrile seizures associated with TIV and PCV13 (CDDC web site)
2012-13 Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) for Live Intranasal Influenza Vaccine (LAIV)
2012-13 Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) for Inactivated Influenza Vaccine (TIV)
Screening Questionnaire for Inactivated Injectable Influenza Vaccination (Immunization Action Coalition Web Site)
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.
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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