Have No Fear, You Can Get Your Flu Shot This Year!

By: Courtney Lassiter
By: Courtney Lassiter

Unlike last year, where only people at high risk for complications from influenza could get their flu shots, this year, supplies is supposed to last.
Tina Loy, a Communicable Disease Nurse with the Barren River District Health Department says the CDC has expanded it's age bracket for children recommended for a dose.
Loy says last year it was recommended that babies six to 23 months get vaccinated.
This year, it is six to 59 months.
"Children are at more risk of developing severe complications from influenza."
She also suggests all household contacts and those working in child care facilities to get vaccinated.
Each year, The CDC says about 36, 000 people die of the flu.
Health facilities nationwide are amping up the amount of shots to reduce that number.
The CDC says this years vaccine is determined by what was circulated last year.
They test the strains through viral cultures.
"Generally, the strains circulate for several years. It will provide protection for the most common strings that are out there."
And, Loy says now is the time to do it.
"Last year our season in this region peaked in early March."

Inactivated influenza can be given to people 6 months of age or older. It's recommended for people who are at risk of complications from influenza.
- People 65 years or older
- Residents of long-term care facilities
- People who have long-term health problems
- People with a weakened immune system
- People 6 months to 18 years of age on long-term aspirin treatment
- Women who will be pregnant during influenza season
- All children 6 - 59 months old
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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