By Ken Buben, President, Fancy Scrubs.com
This year the CDC is recommending you get another flu shot this year even if you received one last year because last year’s may have worn off.
The American Academy of Pediatrics last week recommended that all children over age six months be vaccinated, even if they had the shot last year. It said immunity can drop by as much as 50 percent six to 12 months after people get the vaccine. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends that everyone who is eligible for the shot get another one.
Children 6 months to 8 years old normally need two doses of vaccine. Kids vaccinated last year will need only one, the academy said.
Who should be vaccinated? According to the CDC these groups of people should be:
- Pregnant women
- Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
- People 50 years of age and older
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
- Health care workers
- Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
- 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 three different flu shots available:
- a regular flu shot approved for people ages 6 months and older
- a high-dose flu shot approved for people 65 and older, and
- an intradermal flu shot approved for people 18 to 64 years of age.
So if you haven’t given it consideration this year; plan your flu shot before the season really kicks in and you will be wishing you had that shot.