Now that the 2009-2010 flu season is winding down, make plans to keep your family happy and healthy with these simple steps:
Flu Shots: All for One and One for All
- All for One During the 2010-2011 flu season, plan to have everyone in your family vaccinated against the seasonal flu. A CDC advisory panel recommends everyone in the U.S. -- except babies younger than 6 months -- receive the vaccine. This includes healthy young people, a group disproportionately affected by H1N1.
- One for All The 2010-2011 flu shot will be enhanced with H1N1 protection. Including the H1N1 virus in the seasonal flu vaccine makes vaccine distribution simpler. Rather than trying to figure out who qualifies for the H1N1 vaccine, everyone will get H1N1 coverage with the seasonal flu shot.
Prepare for Another Peak
According to the CDC, H1N1 is still circulating. The U.S. H1N1 epidemic peaked in October 2009, but another surge is expected worldwide as winter hits the Southern Hemisphere. Continued vaccination is critical to prevent another wave of flu outbreaks, so if you haven't yet been vaccinated, do it now.