FLU FACTS 2014-2015

What you need to know...

Who should be vaccinated?
Annual vaccination against influenza (flu) is recommended for all people age 6 months and older who do not have a valid medical reason not to be vaccinated.

When is the best time to be vaccinated?
Vaccination should begin "soon after" vaccine becomes available and preferably by October. Vaccination should continue as long as influenza is present in the community or until the vaccine supply is gone—whichever comes first.

Is vaccine available?
Yes. Vaccine is available for established patients at all CapitalCare offices.

Are any vaccine shortages or delays expected this season?
No. Vaccine supplies should be timely and plentiful.

Why is it important to be vaccinated?
Influenza is a serious respiratory infection caused by a virus. It is not related to the common cold or intestinal viruses. Every year, people are hospitalized and some die from complications of influenza.

It is contagious for 24 hours before symptoms even develop, and is transmitted primarily through the air we breathe. Vaccination is the best way to avoid illness from influenza.

Who should not be vaccinated?
Anyone who has had a serious allergic reaction to flu vaccine in the past, or a history of severe egg allergy should not be vaccinated. Many people with mild egg allergy can be vaccinated safely, and should consult with their health care practitioner. There is also a vaccine available that is not egg-based.

The nasal spray vaccine, FluMist, should not be given to children younger than 2 or to adults 50 or older, or to individuals with certain medical conditions. Please ask your health care professional if you are a candidate for FluMist.

How many doses of flu vaccine are needed this year?
Some children under 9 years of age may require two doses administered at least 4 weeks apart. Please check with your child’s health care practitioner. All other individuals need only one dose.

Source: Immunization Action Coalition

For more helpful information about the 2014-2015 flu season click here: