Updated September 2016
There are a few new things to note when arranging to get your family vaccinated against influenza this year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending use of the flu shot but not the nasal spray for the 2016-2017 season. Recent studies have shown that after years of success with the nasal spray vaccine, there has been a significant drop in effectiveness over the past few influenza seasons. Until the reason for the decrease in effectiveness from the spray is better understood, the CDC recommends the injectable vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older.
Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect families from the flu, according to the CDC. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.
- According to the CDC there are a few new things to note this season:
- Only injectable flu shots are recommended.
- Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.
- There will be some new vaccines on the market this season.
- The recommendations for vaccination of people with egg allergies have changed.
There are many flu viruses and they are constantly changing, according to the CDC. The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated to match circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against either three or four viruses that research suggests will be most common. For 2016-2017, the three-component vaccines are recommended to contain:
- A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus,
- A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus and a
- B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (B/Victoria lineage)
Four-component vaccines are recommended to include the same three viruses above, plus an additional B virus called B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata lineage).
When to get vaccinated
Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every year by the end of October, if possible, according to the CDC. However, getting vaccinated later is OK. Some children who have received flu vaccine previously and children who have only received one dose in their lifetime, may need two doses of flu vaccine. A health care provider can advise on how many doses a child should get.
If you have allergies
The recommendations for people with egg allergies have been updated for this season, according to the CDC.
People who have experienced only hives after exposure to egg can get any licensed flu vaccine that is otherwise appropriate for their age and health.
People who have symptoms other than hives after exposure to eggs, such as angioedema, respiratory distress, lightheadedness or recurrent emesis; or who have needed epinephrine or another emergency medical intervention, also can get any licensed flu vaccine that is otherwise appropriate for their age and health, but the vaccine should be given in a medical setting and be supervised by a health care provider who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic conditions. People with egg allergies no longer have to wait 30 minutes after receiving their vaccine.
Click next below for details where to get the flu shot in the Baltimore-Annapolis area.