2013/2014 Flu Vaccine Updates
2013-2014 Influenza Vaccine
What is the flu shot?
The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. It contains three seasonal influenza viruses that are grown in eggs. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.
The 2013-2014 flu vaccine will protect against two influenza A viruses (an H1N1 strain and a H3N2 strain), and one influenza B virus. There will be a smaller quantity of quadrivalent vaccine produced which will add protection against another influenza B virus.
Even if you received the vaccine last year, you need to get another vaccination this year. The Health Service will begin flu shot clinics in early October.
Who should get a seasonal flu shot?
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for "universal" flu vaccination in the U.S. to expand protection against the flu to more people.
While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it's especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications.
While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it is especially important that the following groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:
- Pregnant women
- Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
- People 50 years of age and older
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
- Health care workers
- Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
- Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age