Flu

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2019-2020

The Vermilion County Health Department will be offering the vaccine for the 2019-2020 Flu Season.   

Flu vaccines are updated to better match viruses expected to be circulating in the United States.

  • The A(H1N1)pdm09 vaccine component was updated from an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus to an A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus.
  • The A(H3N2) vaccine component was updated from an A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 A(H3N2)-like virus to an A/Kansas/14/2017 (H3N2)-like virus.
  • Both B/Victoria and B/Yamagata virus components from the 2018-2019 flu vaccine remain the same for the 2019-2020 flu vaccine.

    For more information about the 2019-2020 flu shots – please check the CDC website:  FAQ: 2019-2020 Season

    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

    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