CDH offers flu vaccine for children six months old through 18 years old. For the 2019-2020 flu seaon, CDH is offering the nasal flu vaccine, FluMist, as an option.
CDH does not offer adult flu vaccines.
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The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes the various types of flu vaccine available this season, some of which are specific to age. The CDC does not express preference for any one vaccination over another.
About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop that protect against influenza virus infection. Flu vaccines will not protect against flu-like illnesses caused by non-influenza viruses.
When to get vaccinated
October or November is the best time to get vaccinated, however getting vaccinated in December or even later can still be beneficial since most influenza activity occurs in January or later in most years. Though it varies, flu season can extend as late as May.
Who should get vaccinated
Everyone 6 months and older is recommended for annual flu vaccination with some exceptions.
The CDC provides a list of all people recommended to get a flu vaccine, who can and can’t get the flu shot and who should take precautions or talk to their doctor or other health care professional before vaccination. Learn More
Talk to your health care provider if you have any questions regarding which flu vaccine is best for you and your family.
Who should not be vaccinated
Some people should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician. They include:
- People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
- People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past.
- People who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine previously.
- Children less than 6 months of age (influenza vaccine is not approved for use in this age group).
- People who have a moderate or severe illness with a fever should wait to get vaccinated until their symptoms lessen.
If you have questions about whether you should get a flu vaccine, consult your health care provider.
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