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'Flu Ends with U' Campaign Starts in September
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CDC Flu Vaccination Campaign Starts in September continued...

That's why this year the CDC will reach out to health care workers, especially obstetricians. But the public will get an earful, too, pregnant women in particular.

The theme will be a call to action -- the need to protect ourselves, of course, but more importantly the need to protect others. Infants and the elderly are at high risk of severe flu disease and death, and they usually get infected by someone who wasn't vaccinated.

"This season, protect yourself -- and those around you -- by getting a flu vaccine," the message will state.

2010-2011 Seasonal Flu Vaccine FAQ

Here's what you need to know about the 2010-2011 seasonal flu vaccine.

What's in the 2010-2011 flu vaccine?

As always, it's a 3-in-1 (trivalent) vaccine. As always, it protects against two type A flu bugs (H1N1 and H3N2) and one type B flu bug. What's different this year is that the H1N1 component is the swine flu vaccine. It's exactly the same kind of vaccine as the other components, although it underwent extraordinary safety testing during the recent flu pandemic.

If I get the seasonal vaccine in August, will I still be protected if the flu comes around in February?

Yes. Flu vaccine protects for six to eight months, according to the CDC.

How many doses of the 2010-2011 seasonal flu vaccine are needed?

Just one dose for everyone over age 9. It's more complicated for kids ages 6 months to 9 years. These younger children need two doses of the 2010-2011 seasonal flu vaccine:

  • If they did not get a 2009 H1N1 swine flu vaccination
  • If they have never before had a flu shot or intranasal flu sniff

If my child needs two doses of flu vaccine, how long should we wait between doses?

Four weeks at least.

If my child is supposed to get two doses of flu vaccine, will a single dose offer at least some protection?

Probably not. In those never before vaccinated, the first dose merely primes the immune system. Protection comes with the second dose.

Can my child still get a 2009 H1N1 swine flu shot?

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