2009-2010 Seasonal Influenza Vaccines
• Pregnancy and other previously recognized high risk medical
conditions known to increase the risk of complications from seasonal influenza appear to be associated with increased risk of complications from the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus as well. These underlying conditions include asthma, diabetes, immune system problems, and heart disease.
About Seasonal Influenza Vaccines
• There are two kinds of influenza vaccines: one type is an injection or shot in the arm and the other type is administered into the nose with a nasal sprayer. The shot contains inactivated (killed) influenza viruses, and the nasal vaccine contains live viruses that are weakened.
• Autumn is the best time to get vaccinated against seasonal influenza, although getting the vaccine in the winter months when influenza season often peaks is also beneficial as outbreaks of influenza often continue through the early spring months.
• Young children, people with chronic medical conditions, and elderly people are at higher risk for seasonal flu-related complications. Vaccination of these groups is critical.
• Influenza immunization of health care personnel is important to help decrease the risk of contracting influenza and spreading infection to others.
• You can't get the flu from the influenza vaccine. Some people do get a mild fever, body aches, and fatigue for a few days after the vaccine, and soreness at the injection site is a common side effect of the shot. The most common side effects seen with administration of the nasal vaccine include runny nose or nasal congestion in recipients of all ages, fever of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit in children two to six years of age, and sore throat in adults.
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