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When to get vaccinated against seasonal flu

Yearly flu vaccination should begin soon after flu vaccine is available, and ideally by October. However, getting vaccinated even later can be protective, as long as flu viruses are circulating. While seasonal influenza outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time influenza activity peaks in January or later. Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection, it is best that people get vaccinated so they are protected before influenza begins spreading in their community (CDC.gov)

Anyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated for the flu.  Vaccination is especially important for people who are at higher risk of flu complications. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop an immune response. Flu vaccination is safe and can protect you against flu illness.

For more information about Influenza (Flu), visit The CDC’s Flu Webpage

2016-2017 Flu Season

The Vermilion County Health Department will be offering the vaccine for the 2016-2017 Flu Season.  Our scheduled flu clinics are over, but you can still come in and get your flu shot on a walk-in basis.

The upcoming season’s flu vaccine will protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season.

  • A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus,
  • A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus,
  • B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (B/Victoria lineage) and
  • B virus called B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata lineage).

Note: For the 2016-2017 season, CDC recommends use of the 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 (Source:  CDC.gov)

How to Help Avoid the Flu this Season

Vaccination

  • Get your flu shot every year.  While the flu shot isn’t always a match, your chances of getting the flu decrease and severity of the flu should you get it can also be decreased.

Proper Handwashing

  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap.  Use Hand Sanitizer when you are unable to wash your hands.

Cover your Coughs and Sneezes

Stay home when you are sick

Keep your Distance

  • The standard distance to keep from someone you know is not visibly ill is 3 feet.  The standard distance to keep from someone you know is ill is 6 feet.

Clean Surfaces and Objects Routinely

Be Informed

The Flu I.Q. widget is an interactive quiz to test your flu knowledge.