Flu vaccine information and tips - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/21/09

Flu vaccine information and tips

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By Cassie Hataway | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - There is good news and bad news from the flu front.  First, the FDA has approved a vaccine for this coming flu season but the bad news is that it will not work against the swine flu, only whatever seasonal stuff they expect to be floating around. 

The experts say that even though this vaccine does not prevent swine flu, it is still important to be vaccinated, because seasonal flu is still a major threat, particularly to young children, the elderly, and anyone with a chronic illness.  So, there may be two flu shotsavailable this year because researchers are still working on a vaccine to fight the swine flu.

People recommended for vaccination based on their risk of complications from influenza or because they are in close contact with someone at higher risk of influenza complications include: 

  • Children aged 6 months until their 5th birthday
  • Pregnant women
  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease)
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • Household contacts of person at high risk for complications from influenza
  • Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age
  • Health care workers

People who should NOT be vaccinated include: 

  • People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs
  • People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination
  • People who have developed Guillian-Barré syndrome within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine
  • Children less than 6 months of age (influenza vaccine is not approved for this age group)
  • People who have a moderate to severe illness with a fever (they should wait until they recover to get vaccinated)

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