Seasonal Flu Information 2014-2015

Influenza is now widespread throughout New York State.  Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot, and it’s not too late to vaccinate! There are several influenza vaccine products available. Some influenza vaccines will protect against three different flu viruses: an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus; an A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus; and a B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus. In addition to the three strain, or, trivalent vaccine, there is a quadravalent, or four strain which offers protection against the three before mentioned strains as well as the B/Brisbaine/60/2008-like virus. The Centers for Disease Control does not have a preference of one type of vaccine or another, as long as everyone gets vaccinated!

Protect Yourself and Others from the Flu

Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system - your nose, throat and lungs. Influenza, commonly called the flu, is not the same as the stomach viruses that cause diarrhea and vomiting.

Influenza and its complications can be deadly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that tens of thousands of people in the United States die each year of complications of influenza.

People at higher risk of developing flu complications include:

  • Young children
  • Older adults
  • Pregnant women
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • People who have chronic illnesses

Your best defense against influenza is to receive an annual vaccination.

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