Seasonal Influenza


Influenza Vaccine 2016-17 The Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for 2016-17

MMWR/August 26, 2016 Vol.65/No. 5 found here:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/rr/pdfs/rr6505.pdf

Find more information at the Center For Disease Control (CDC) Influenza Website:
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/.

CDC recommends a three-step approach to fighting the flu

  1. Get Vaccinated
  2. Take everyday preventive actions
  3. Use antiviral drugs if physician prescribes them

The ACIP recommends that all persons aged 6 months and older without contraindications receive an annual flu vaccination protection against seasonal influenza. Vaccination campaign will be targeting persons to be vaccinated by October. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating you should be vaccinated. To avoid missed opportunities for vaccinations, providers should offer vaccination during routine health care visits and hospitalizations when vaccine is available

The ACIP recommends that all persons aged 6 months and older without contraindications receive annually for protection against seasonal influenza. To avoid missed opportunities for vaccinations, providers should offer vaccination during routine health care visits and hospitalizations when vaccine is available.

In addition to getting the flu vaccine, you should take these steps to avoid spreading germs:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get the flu, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

A number of different seasonal inactivated and recombinant injectable influenza vaccine formulations are available, licensed for specific age groups. ACIP does not recommend FluMist® to be used in the 2016-17 flu season. Find a complete list of Pediatric and Adult Influenza Vaccine Products for the 2016-2017 Influenza Season:
http://eziz.org/assets/docs/IMM-859.pdf

Children 6 months through 8 years need only one dose if they received two or more doses of seasonal influenza vaccine in the past.  These doses do not need to have been administered in the same or consecutive years. Information regarding the number of doses needed for children 6 month through 8 years is located here.

The 2016-17 inactivated influenza VISs is the same as last year’s VIS, dated 8-07-2015. The “inactivated” vaccine influenza VIS may be used for all non-live virus formulations (e.g., trivalent, Quadrivalent, cell-culture, recombinant, Intradermal, high-dose).

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The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot each year.
In the United States, seasonal influenza disease (also known as "the flu") occurs during the late fall through early spring seasons. During the 2014-15, flu vaccinations prevented an estimated 1.9 million flu illnesses, 966,000 flu-associated medical visits and almost 67,000 flu-associated hospitalizations even though the vaccine effectiveness was only 23%. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, pregnant women, residents in long term care units and American Indian and Alaskan Natives are at high risk for serious flu complications.

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