CDC Recommends Getting Flu Shot by October 31, 2018

Flu season is almost upon us, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States has issued a recommendation for all persons aged greater than six months who do not have contraindications. What you need to know about this year’s vaccine:

  • The vaccine has been updated to better match the circulating viruses.
  • The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or “LAIV”) is recommended and approved for use in non-pregnant individuals, 2-49 years of age.
  • There are 6 vaccine options for the 2018-2019 virus –

Standard does flu shot.

High-dose shots for older people.

Shots made with adjuvant for older people.

Shots made with virus grown in cell culture.

Shots made using a vaccine production technology that does not require the use of flu vaccine.

Nasal spray vaccine.

  • Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses (depending on the vaccine) that research suggests will be most common. For 2018-2019, trivalent (three-component) vaccines are recommended to contain:

A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus

A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 A(H3N2)-like virus (updated)

B/Colorado/06/2017-like (Victoria lineage) virus (updated)

  • It is best to get the vaccine prior to a spread of the virus in your community – many drugstore/pharmacy locations have the vaccine in stock now.
  • If you are allergic to eggs, you are still eligible for the virus, but recommended to get in a clinical setting – read the CDC guidelines here.
  • The flu is expected to begin circulating in October and November, with peak season in December and January.  
How can you protect yourself from the flu?

Read our tips herebut you can start with these basics:

  • Get a flu shot
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Manage your stress level
  • Eat healthy, specifically stating more fruit and vegetable intake.