According to the CDC, everyone 6 months and older should get an Influenza (flu) vaccine as soon as vaccine is available this fall. The 2013-2014 flu vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season. Historically, flu vaccination activity drops off by the end of November. Flu activity peaks in January or February, and can last as late as May. As long as the flu season isn’t over, it is never too late to be vaccinated. Even unvaccinated people who have already gotten the flu still benefit from vaccination since the vaccine protects against 3 different flu viruses. While the vaccine is not 100% effective, it offers the best protection we have against this very serious disease.
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. Protect yourself and others by getting vaccinated every year. With flu activity increasing and family and friends gathering for the holidays, now is a great time to be vaccinated. Once vaccinated, you can enjoy the holiday season knowing that you have taken the single best step to protect yourself and your loved ones. REMEMBER, the “Flu Ends With U."
Some of the 2013-2014 flu vaccines may have a fourth component which is a second influenza B strain. Please talk to your health care provider about this.
- Everyday Actions to Prevent the Flu
- Flu Guide for Parents
- Flu Symptom Check List
- Influenza and Respiratory Surveillance Report (In the process of being updated)
- WNY Adult Immunization Coalition (WNYAIC)
- WNY Pediatric & Adolescent Immunization Coalition (WNYPAC)