FLU.GOV - Know what to do about the flu (including H7N9)
- Steps you can take to protect yourself from the flu
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high-risk for serious flu complications.
The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the infuenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Traditional flu vaccines (called "trivalent" vaccines) are made to protect against three flu viruses; an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus. There are also flu vaccines made to protect against four flu viruses (called "quadrivalent" vaccines). These vaccines protect against the same viruses as the trivalent vaccine and an additional B virus.
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Traditional flu shots are manufactured based on influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season.
For the 2016-2017 season, CDC recommends use of flu shot (inactivated influenza vaccine or IIV) and the recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV). The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) should not be used during 2016-2017. The 2016-2017 influenza vaccination recommendations are now available.
Recommendations for flu vaccination of persons with egg allergy have been modified for the 2016-2017 season. CDC recommends:
- Influenza Vaccine Recommendations -
Seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, especially those individuals who are:
- Where Can I get My Flu Vaccine? -
Flu vaccine is available locally at your doctor's office, pharmacies, retail stores, and at our Adult Clinics on Mondays by appointment at 845-486-3535 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can't find a vaccine? Call 1-800-522-5006 (TTY: 1-800-655-7189) or visit http://flushot.healthmap.org/ and enter your zip code to find out where you can get your flu shot.
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