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2012-flu-vaccine-recommendationsAnnual influenza vaccination is now recommend for EVERYONE six months of age and older! Viruses are always changing, so it's important to get a flu vaccine annually. Since the flu can happen anytime, the CDC recommends getting vaccinated as soon as it's available. There are two kinds of flu vaccine: the flu shot and nasal spray vaccine. The 2012-2013 flu vaccine will protect against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus.


While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it's especially important that people in the following groups get vaccinated:

  • all children aged 6 to 59 months
  • all persons over the age of 50
  • pregnant women
  • adults and children who have immunosuppression
  • any persons living in nursing in nursing homes or long-term care facilities


Persons who live with or care for persons at high risk, including

  • household contacts and care givers of children under 5 years of age
  • household contacts and care givers of persons with certain medical conditions that put them at higher risk to severe complications from influenza
  • health care providers


Most patients experience few side effects after getting a flu vaccine. They are generally mild when compared to a bad case of the flu. Vaccinating is the single best way to protect your family from getting the flu!


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