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What is the flu vaccine?
Standard-dose trivalent and quadrivalent inactivated influenza vaccines – The available inactivated influenza vaccines in the United States are preparations of subvirion components ("split product" vaccines) that have been inactivated. The standard-dose inactivated influenza vaccines are approved by the FDA for intramuscular injection in adults of any age. These vaccines are produced in embryonated chicken eggs. During the 2014 to 2015 influenza season, both quadrivalent and trivalent formulations of inactivated vaccines are available.
What that means in English is that we are injecting little dead pieces of virus protein?
Who should get the flu vaccine and when? — All people age 6 months or older should get the flu vaccine every year. The vaccine is especially important for certain people at high risk, The best time of year to get the flu vaccine is before the winter season begins. In the United States, it’s best to get the vaccine by October. If you are age 65 or older, you should only get the vaccine that goes into muscle. Ask about getting the high-dose version of this vaccine, if it is available. In older people, the high-dose version works a little better than the standard-dose version, though both are effective. Attenuated live virus nasal spray is no longer recommended for children.
What side effects does the flu vaccine cause?
I don’t care what your friend Harry said. You cannot catch the flu from the flu shot.
Often the vaccine causes no side effects. When it does cause side effects, it can cause:
Vaccines rarely cause serious side effects, such as severe allergic reactions.
Does the flu vaccine cause the flu? — No, the flu vaccine does not cause the flu. People sometimes feel sick after getting the vaccine, but this is often because they were already starting to get sick with the flu or another virus before they had the vaccine..
Does the flu vaccine cause autism? — No. After doing many careful studies, scientists have not found any link between vaccines and autism. Many years ago, a study reported a link between autism and vaccines. But that study turned out to be false. It has been withdrawn.
What if I am pregnant? — If you are pregnant, it is very important to get the flu vaccine. In pregnant women, flu symptoms can get worse quickly and be dangerous. The flu can even cause trouble breathing or lead to death of the woman or her baby. That is why it is so important to get the flu vaccine if you are or will be pregnant during flu season.
What if I have an egg allergy? — If you have an egg allergy, you should still get the flu vaccine. People with serious egg allergies sometimes have a bad reaction to some versions of the flu vaccine. But people with mild allergies can often take egg-made vaccines. Plus, there are now egg-free versions of the flu vaccine, which can be used in adults 18 to 49 years of age. If you have an egg allergy, remember to tell your doctor or nurse. That way, he or she can choose the safest flu vaccine for you and keep an eye on you after you get the vaccine to make sure that you do not have a bad reaction.
FluBlok (RIV) is a recombinant hemagglutinin influenza vaccine available as a trivalent formulation. RIV does not contain any egg protein.
What else can I do to prevent the flu? — In addition to getting the flu vaccine every year, you can:
If you are exposed to the flu, call me right away. Antiviral medicines can help protect you from the flu, but those medicines are not appropriate for everyone. Also, antiviral medicines work only if you start them very soon after being exposed or as soon as you show symptoms.
To protect others, you should also:
Is there anything I can do if I think I have been exposed to the flu or are coming down with the flu?
>>>>>> Yes. Call your doc immediately. There is a pill you can take to reduce risk of coming down with the flu. It can reduce the severity as well. The technical info on the meds at end of this diatribe.
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How effective was the 2015-2016 flu vaccine?
CDC’s end-of-season influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE) estimates for the 2015-2016 season were presented to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on June 22, 2016. CDC’s adjusted overall VE estimate against influenza A and B viruses for all ages was 47%. The overall VE against A(H1N1)pdm09 was 41% and the overall VE against influenza B was 55%. This data is consistent with VE observed during previous seasons when vaccine viruses and circulating viruses were similar. These vaccine effectiveness estimates were derived from data collected from the U.S. Flu VE Network from November 2, 2015, through April 15, 2016.
What was the 2015-2016 flu season like?
Flu seasons can vary in their timing, severity, and duration from one season to another. The 2015-2016 flu season started a little later than the previous three flu seasons. The season also peaked later. While H3N2 viruses predominated early in the season, H1N1 viruses were the most common later in the season and were the predominant virus for the entire season. This is the virus that emerged in 2009 to cause a pandemic and that caused severe illness in some children & young-and middle-aged adults. Athough there were reports of severe flu illnesses and deaths, overall the 2015-2016 season was milder than the previous three seasons.
Antiviral medications with activity against influenza viruses are an important adjunct to influenza vaccine in the control of influenza.
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WHAT’S IN THIS YEAR’S FLU VACCINE?
2 A’s and a B or 2 A’s and 2 B’s
For the vaccine for the northern hemisphere's influenza season that will begin in the fall of 2016, WHO recently recommended including the A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus, A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus, and B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (B/Victoria lineage), with the addition of B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata lineage), for the quadrivalent vaccine.
These same strains were recommended in September by WHO for the southern hemisphere's 2016 winter vaccine.
The H3N2 strain and the B strain will be new for the US and northern hemisphere 2016-2017 trivalent vaccine. In 2015-2016, the trivalent vaccine included A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus, the A/Switzerland/9715293/2013 (H3N2)-like virus, and the B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus. The quadrivalent vaccine included B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.
Recombinant Influenza Vaccine (RIV)
FluBlok (RIV) is a recombinant hemagglutinin influenza vaccine available as a trivalent formulation. RIV does not contain any egg protein. RIV is indicated for active immunization against disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and type B and is approved for use in individuals 18 years of age and older. RIV is administered as an injection and may cause pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site, and may also cause fever, malaise and myalgias which are usually mild and self-limited. RIV cannot cause influenza.