|Who should get the flu
|Everyone 6 months and
older should get a flu vaccine every
year by the end of October, if possible.
However, getting vaccinated later is OK.
Vaccination should continue throughout
the flu season, even in January or
later. Some children who have received
flu vaccine previously and children who
have only received one dose in their
lifetime, may need two doses of flu
vaccine. A health care provider can
advise on how many doses a child should
especially important for certain people
to get vaccinated.
● People who are at high risk of
developing serious complications like
pneumonia if they get sick with the flu This includes:
~ People who have certain medical conditions
diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
~ Pregnant women.
~ People 65 years and older.
● People who live with or care for
others who are high risk of developing
~ This includes household contacts and caregivers
of people with
certain medical conditions including
asthma, diabetes, and
chronic lung disease.
● Vaccination is important for health
care workers, and other people
with or care for high risk people to
keep from spreading flu
to high risk
● Children younger than 6 months are at
high risk of serious flu illness,
are too young to be vaccinated. People
who care for them should
vaccine is NOT recommended for the
|● Children younger than
● People who have had Guillain-Barré
within 6 weeks of getting a flu vaccine
The recommendations for people with egg
allergies have been updated for this
season. People who have
experienced only hives after exposure to
egg can get any licensed flu vaccine
that is otherwise appropriate for their
age and health. People who have symptoms
other than hives after exposure to eggs,
such as angioedema, respiratory
distress, lightheadedness, or recurrent
emesis; or who have needed epinephrine
or another emergency medical
intervention, also can get any licensed
flu vaccine that is otherwise
appropriate for their age and health,
but the vaccine should be given in a
medical setting and be supervised by a
health care provider who is able to
recognize and manage severe allergic
conditions. (Settings include hospitals,
clinics, health departments, and
physician offices). People with egg
allergies no longer have to wait 30
minutes after receiving their vaccine.
|What strains does the
vaccine protect against this year?
Flu vaccines are
designed to protect against flu viruses
that experts predict will be the most
common during the upcoming season. Three
kinds of flu viruses commonly circulate
among people today: Influenza A (H1N1)
viruses, influenza A (H3N2) viruses, and
influenza B viruses. Each year, one or
two flu viruses of each kind are used to
produce the seasonal influenza vaccine.
Vaccines that give protection against
three viruses are called trivalent
vaccines. Vaccines that give protection
against four viruses are called
trivalent influenza vaccines will
A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)–like virus,
A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)–like virus and
B/Brisbane/60/2008–like virus (Victoria lineage)
vaccines will include an
additional vaccine virus strain, a
B/Phuket/3073/2013–like virus (Yamagata
What's new for the 2016-17 Influena
• Only injectable flu shots are
recommended for use this season.
• Flu vaccines have been updated to
better match circulating viruses.
• There will be some new vaccines
on the market this season.
• The recommendations for
vaccination of people with egg allergies
Additional Information about the flu
2016-17 CDC Influenza
Main Information Page
Asked Questions About the 2016-17 Influenza Season CDC
Key Facts about Seasonal Flu Vaccine
Vaccine Effectiveness CDC
Children, the Flu, and the Flu Vaccine CDC
Quadravialent Influenza Vaccine
(the trivalent vaccine is still the most commonly available)