Flu Season 2005-2006: Questions & Answers
Two types of flu vaccine
There are two types of vaccines:
About 2 weeks after vaccination, antibodies that provide protection against influenza virus infection develop in the body.
When should you get vaccinated?
In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu can get vaccinated. However, certain people should get vaccinated each year. They are either people who are at high risk of having serious flu complications or people who live with or care for those at high risk for serious complications.
People who should get vaccinated each year are:
1) People at high risk for complications from the flu:
2) People 50 to 64 years of age. Because nearly one-third of people 50 to 64 years of age in the United States have one or more medical conditions that place them at increased risk for serious flu complications, vaccination is recommended for all persons aged 50 - 64 years.
3) People who can transmit flu to others at high risk for complications. Any person in close contact with someone in a high-risk group (see above) should get vaccinated. This includes all health-care workers, household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children 0 to 23 months of age, and close contacts of people 65 years and older.
Is CDC recommending that flu shots go to "priority groups", as was recommended last season?
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