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Flu Shots A Must For Most This Season

08/23/11

  12:11:15 pm, by MedBen5   , 206 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Flu Shots A Must For Most This Season

Gee, didn’t we just get over the last flu season? Sure seems like it, but a new one is already looming – and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want to put a, uh, bug in your ear about it.

MedPage Today reports that the CDC is recommending that everyone older than 6 months get vaccinated this year. The influenza strains in the upcoming season’s vaccine are the same as before (so if they look familiar, you’ll know why), but the effectiveness of last season’s shot has likely waned by now.

The CDC did offer children younger than 9 some good news (sort of): Because the strains are unchanged, they’ll only need one dose of vaccine this season instead of the usual two, provided they got immunized last season.

Those allergic to eggs can develop hives from the flu shot, so the CDC recommends an inactivated vaccine rather than the standard live attenuated one. Following its administration, egg allergy sufferers should be observed for at least 30 minutes. People who have experienced a severe allergic reaction to the either type of vaccine are advised against getting additional flu shots.

Health care personnel and pregnant women have been defined as “high priority” groups for receiving the vaccine.

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