07 Dec CDC: What’s New with this Year’s Flu?
Despite your stature, medical history, gender or any other health-influencing variable, you are more vulnerable to catching the flu than you probably think. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has conducted extensive research about the 2016-2017 influenza season and their findings project a spell atypical of years prior. Here are some things you need to know to know about this year’s flu:
- Only injectable flu shots are recommended this season.
- Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.
- Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine this year.
- Vaccinations should continue throughout the flu season, even into January and later months.
- Some young children might need two doses of the flu vaccine.
- People who have experienced only hives after exposure to eggs can get the recommended flu vaccine, appropriate to health and age.
- 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 and recommended 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 here for the original CDC article.