SEASONAL FLU VACCINATION

The seasonal flu vaccine provides protection against H1N1. People are no longer required to get two shots (one for the seasonal flu and one for the H1N1 virus).

WHO SHOULD GET THE VACCINE AND WHEN?

All people 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine. Vaccination is especially important for people who are at higher risk of severe influenza and their close contacts, including healthcare personnel and close contacts of children younger then 6 months.

Getting the vaccine as soon as it is available will provide protection if the flu season comes early.

NEW VACCINE AVAILABLE: HIGH-DOSE INFLUENZA VACCINE:

This high-concentration vaccine (about four times as strong as the regular seasonal flu vaccine) is available for people ages 65 or older. If the clinic you are attending does not carry this vaccine you will be given the regular flu vaccine.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A FLU VACCINE:
Go to: http://flushot.healthmap.org/

NEW VACCINE REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILDREN ATTENDING DAYCARE:

The State of Connecticut has issued new influenza vaccine requirements for children who attend day care. By January 2011, and each January 1 thereafter, children ages 6-59 months attending a child day care center, group day care center, or family day care home are required to receive at least one dose of influenza vaccine between September 1 and December 31 of the preceding year. If families do not provide proof of the vaccinations, their children will be excluded from day care programs. Families, however, can seek exemptions for medical or religious reasons.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SEASONAL FLU:

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SOURCE: Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
PREPARED BY: 211/lb
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: January2014

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