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Influenza Vaccination Program

Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Information

Influenza (the flu) is a seasonal contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.

Common flu symptoms may include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • headaches
  • body aches
  • chills and fatigue
photo: boyFlu illness can be severe; resulting in hospitalization and at times can lead to death.
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get their yearly flu vaccine now.  Flu vaccine is especially important for infants, young children, pregnant women, adults over 50, and for those with chronic conditions.

Flu virus is mainly spread through droplets from coughs and sneezes.  Remember these important everyday steps to help stop the spread of germs:

  • cover your cough with a sleeve or tissue
  • wash your hands often
  • stay home if you are sick

Where to Get a Flu Vaccine

With the 2011-2012 flu season winding down, many providers are no longer stocking the annual flu vaccine.  Please visit this site in September or October to find information about where to get the flu vaccine for the 2012-2013 flu season.

If you have any questions, please call the Health Referral line at 1 (800) 564-8448 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

More Information About the Flu and Flu Vaccine

More Information About Seasonal Influenza (Flu)

CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get their yearly flu vaccine now.  While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it's especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications.  These groups include:

  1. Pregnant women
  2. Children younger than 5 years—especially children younger than 2 years old
  3. People 50 years of age and older
  4. People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (more information here)
  5. People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  6. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
  7. Health care workers
  8. Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
  9. Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

There are two types of flu vaccine:

  • Flu shot—is given by injection and uses inactivated (killed) influenza virus and is safe for everyone 6 months and older, including pregnant women.  Tell your doctor if you have any severe (life-threatening) allergies, including a severe allergy to eggs.  More information on the influenza vaccine.
  • Flu nasal spray—contains live, attenuated (weakened) influenza vaccine (LAIV).  It is sprayed into the nostrils.  LAIV is recommended for healthy people 2 through 49 years of age, who are not pregnant and do not have certain health conditions.  More information on Flu nasal spray.

Additional flu information