Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself and the people around you from flu, and to help reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Central District Health (CDH) offers flu vaccine for children six months old through 18 years old. For the 2020-2021 flu seaon, CDH is offering the nasal flu vaccine, FluMist, as an option.
CDH offers a limited supply of adult flu vaccine. It is best to call our office to inquire.
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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.
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.
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.
Some people should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician. They include:
If you have questions about whether you should get a flu vaccine, consult your health care provider.
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