Get Flu Shots in October, Says CDC

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Get Flu Shots in October, Says CDC

Before influenza strikes the community

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN
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A new bulletin from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a familiar refrain: Everyone over the age of 6 months, unless they have specific contraindications, should get a flu shot this year (and every year).

When to Vaccinate

Ideally, everyone should be vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available — if possible, by October — and before influenza strikes the community. Vaccination is especially important for certain groups that are at increased risk, including people with asthma, diabetes or HIV/AIDS; pregnant women; young children; and the elderly.

Don’t wait too long or you may miss your opportunity. In some years, supplies of the flu vaccine have run short, forcing patients to wait days or weeks to get the shot.

Which Vaccine Do You Need?

According to the CDC, this year’s vaccines contain the same influenza strains as last year’s. However, you should still get a flu shot even if you also had one last season. Younger children may also need multiple doses, especially if the child hasn’t previously had a flu shot. For more information:

Let’s try to avoid another year like 2013, when more than half of the adults in the United States did not get a flu shot.  

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