As flu season is on the brink, so it's advisable for everyone to get vaccinated against the strains of 2010-11. The CDC has recommended anyone of 6 months and older to get the flu shots against influenza.
This year, there would not be any shortage of vaccines like last year. The flu shots will be available at pharmacies, private clinics, supermarkets, senior centers and schools. But, the children, below nine year of age would need two doses of immunization. There are no side-effects from the vaccines and is completely safe. Also, there is no need to get a separate H1N1 shot this year, as the available vaccine contains the same.
Deborah l. Wexler, Executive Director, Immunization Action Coalition gave some recommendations to snub the spread of influenza. He suggested keep washing the hands on intervals, covering the cough, so as not to communicate the same to others and getting immunized soon.
Influenza is a communicable disease and it transmits even before its symptoms start appearing. So, it's better to get the flu shots at an earlier instance to prevent family, friends and other from this contagious disease and its lethal outcomes.
This year, around 171 million doses of vaccines will be rolled out and would shield against three strains of flu and H1N1, as told by Holli Senior, state Health Department spokeswoman.
People in the vulnerable segment are: children below 5, those with chronic ailments, pregnant women and people 50 years old and above.