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Fact of the Day: Friday, October 30

Should I get vaccinated?

CDC recommends a yearly seasonal flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal influenza. While there are many different flu viruses, the seasonal flu vaccine protects against the three seasonal viruses that research suggests will be most common. Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.  Seasonal flu vaccine also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from making them sick. A seasonal vaccine will not protect you against 2009 H1N1.

 

H1N1 vaccinations will be administered to the following priority groups first:

·         Pregnant women

·         Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age

·         Health care and emergency medical services personnel

·         Children 6 months through 18 years of age, young adults 19 through 24 years of age

·         Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza

 

Was the H1N1 vaccine made differently than the seasonal influenza vaccine?

 

No. This vaccine will be made using the same processes and facilities that are used to make the currently licensed seasonal influenza vaccines.

Please note that you will not get the flu from either vaccine!