SEASONAL INFLUENZA VACCINATION
Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Two basic types of virus circulate in the United States, group A and group B. Influenza A may cause moderate to severe illness in all age groups and infects humans and other animals. Influenza B causes milder symptoms and affects only humans, primarily children. (More information about seasonal flu)
The CDC is encouraging all people over the age of 6 months old to be vaccinated for the flu.
Some groups are more likely to have complications from the seasonal flu. These include:
- Those age 65 and older
- Children younger than 2 years old
- People of any age who have chronic medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, asthma, congestive heart failure, lung disease)
- Pregnant women
Each year, millions of Americans safely receive seasonal flu vaccines. The benefits of immunization outweigh the risks. All vaccines, including the flu vaccine, are held to the highest standard of safety and are continually monitored. This year, a new vaccine, FluBlok, is available so people with egg allergies can get vaccinated for the flu.
Not getting vaccinated could result in disease or putting others, such as babies or people with cancer, at serious risk for illness. If you care for a young baby itís important that you get vaccinated so you can protect them.
Seasonal influenza vaccinations usually begin the middle of September each year. It takes about two weeks for your body to protect itself from the flu after you are vaccinated, so the earlier you get vaccinated, the better. Availability of flu vaccine depends on FDA licensing and the ability of manufacturers to ship vaccine to providers.
Check with your usual heath care provider for availability of influenza vaccinations;
Contact the Immunization Program at 860-509-7929 M-F 8-4:30 for help finding a community provider of influenza vaccinations; or,
Vaccine Information For Providers and Health Professionals:
For Employers and Employees:
National Influenza Vaccination Week: December 8-December 14, 2013
Hartford Magazine: It's Flu Season Again
Influenza Vaccination Brochures:
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