The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its recommendations for the 2016-2017 flu season in their website article titled “Get Vaccinated”. The CDC urges persons six months of age and older to get their flu shot every season. The purpose of the annual vaccination is to prevent influenza and they note that the flu shot is important to people at high risk of serious complications from the flu. See the list of complications from influenza and take a minute to look at People at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications for a full list of age and health factors that confer increased risk.
As stated on the CDC’s website:
The “CDC recommends use of the flu shot (inactivated influenza vaccine or IIV) and the recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV). The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) should not be used during 2016-2017.
More information is available at Who Should Get Vaccinated Against Influenza.
Who Should Not Receive a Flu Shot:
◦ Children younger than 6 months old
◦ People with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any of its ingredients
Note: There are certain flu shots that have different age indications. For example people younger than
65 years of age should not get the high-dose flu shot and people who are younger than 18 years old or
older than 64 years old should not get the intradermal flu shot.
◦ People who have an allergy to eggs or other vaccine ingredients
◦ People who have ever had Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)
◦ People who are feeling ill
The CDC recommends that people get vaccinated by the end of October, if possible. Children who need two doses of vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.”
The CDC also advises that their recommendations have changed in 2016-2017 for people with egg allergies. Specifically:
“People with egg allergies can receive any licensed, recommended age-appropriate influenza vaccine and no longer have to be monitored for 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine. People who have severe egg allergies should be vaccinated in a medical setting and be supervised by a health care provider who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic conditions.”
Take a look at the CDC’s “Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine” and their factsheet titled “What’s New for the 2016-2017 Flu Season?”, as it provides a great summation of the key details you need to know about this year’s flu shot and your options for this season … protect yourself and your loved ones from getting the flu in the coming months!