What You Should Know for the 2012 and 2013 Influenza Season

             What should I do to prepare for flu season?

CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year.
Getting a flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.
Who should get vaccinated this season?
Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine this season. It’s especially important for some people to get vaccinated. Those people include the following:
·         People who are at high risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia if they get sick with the flu
This includes:
o        People who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
o        Pregnant women.
o        People 65 years and older.
o        People who live with or care for others who are high risk of developing serious complications
o        This includes household contacts and caregivers of people with certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
When should I get vaccinated?
CDC recommends that people get vaccinated against influenza as soon as 2012-2013 flu season vaccine becomes available in their community. Influenza seasons are unpredictable, and can begin as early as October.
It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.
Flu vaccine is produced by private manufacturers, so availability depends on when production is completed. If everything goes as indicated by manufacturers, shipments are likely to begin in August and continue throughout September and October until all vaccine is distributed.
Doctors and nurses are encouraged to begin vaccinating their patients as soon as flu vaccine is available in their areas, even as early as August.
Where can I get a flu vaccine?
Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many employers, and even in some schools.
Even if you don’t have a regular doctor or nurse, you can get a flu vaccine somewhere else, like a health department, pharmacy, urgent care clinic, and often your school, college health center, or work.
Please use the link below to find a detailed list of questions and answers regarding Influenza.
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