The 2017-2018 season inactivated influenza vaccine contains the following virus strains:
A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) pdm09 – like strain (A/Singapore/GP1908/2015, IVR-180)
A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2) – like strain (A/Hong Kong/4801/20143, X-263B)
B/Brisbane/60/2008 – (B/Brisbane/60/2008, wild-type)
ALL Children (6 months or older);
ALL persons aged above 50 years;
High-risk persons (chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart or lung disease);
Individuals at high-risk workplaces (children in daycare, child care personnel, institutional workers, doctors, teachers, etc.);
Pregnant women 2nd trimester or above (it is safe to receive flu shot while breastfeeding);
Anyone who wishes to reduce the chance of contracting influenza virus
Anyone who has had a history of severe allergic reaction to flu vaccine, or any component of the flu vaccine in the past.
Anyone who is severely allergic to eggs
Children younger than 6 months old
NOW, before year-end preferably. It is recommended to get vaccinated as early as possible. Protection begins about 2-4 weeks after vaccination and lasts for about one year.
Adults and children 3 years (36 months) or older receive: 1 dose (0.5 ml)
Children from 6 months to (35 months) may receive one 0.25 ml dose (If your child has not been previously vaccinated against the flu, a second dose should be given after at least 4 weeks)
The vaccines are safe and usually without issues. However, after your vaccination, you need to be monitored by a healthcare worker for 15 minutes, in case you have a reaction.
Mild soreness, swelling, and redness at the injection site (settles on its own after 1-2 days)
Mild fever, tiredness, and muscle aches are common (settles on its own after 1-2 days)
Allergic reaction (rare)
The flu vaccine does not have any live virus. It can give you some mild flu-like symptoms, but it is not the actual flu.
It is never too late to have your annual flu vaccine. It can still provide protection at any time during the season.
Flu vaccination significantly reduces your chance of getting the flu. Some people may still get the flu even after receiving that season's vaccination. This is more likely if the circulating flu strain was not included in that year's vaccine.