Thursday, October 18, 2007
It's Time For Flu Vaccination
The optimal time for influenza vaccination is from mid-October through November. However the vaccine may be given at any time until the end of the flu season which will be in April. Annual vaccination against influenza is the single most effective means of protection against the disease - 70-90% effective. It also reduces complications associated with the flu syndrome and helps protect those around you who are more frail and who are at higher risk of developing more severe cases of the disease. Each year in the US alone there are 20,000-36,000 deaths due to the flu.
The only new recommendation since this more detailed post of 2006 is that there has been a new California state law which mandates that pregnant women and children under 36 months should get the preservative free form of the flu shot. "Thimerosal, a preservative that contains a minute amount of mercury in compound form, is present in the standard flu vaccine (the classic "flu shot"). It is considered to be a safe vaccine component by the Center for Disease Control.
And in case you are still not convinced, you should know that it is expected to be a bad flu season this year. Australia had a several fold increase in flu cases earlier this year which usually is a good predictor of what is around the corner for us.
References: please see above links.
Image courtesy of: York Flu Clinic.