August 20, 2010 | 2:56 pm
Posted by Albert Fuchs, M.D.
Summertime, and the livin’ is uneasy Stocks are slumpin’ Unemployment is high
(with apologies to George Gershwin)
Reminders of the end of summer are upon us. Kids are returning to school. Rain covers are thrown over backyard grills. Flu vaccines are arriving in doctor offices.
This season’s influenza vaccine is here. It contains the flu strains most likely to reach North America this fall including H1N1, the flu strain formerly known as swine flu which caused so much hoopla last year.
The Centers of Disease Control this year decided that that the flu shot should be recommended for everyone over 6 months of age so as to limit the spread of flu and protect more people. The vaccine is particularly important for the following groups:
The following people should not be vaccinated:
So get your flu shot now, and start dreaming of an influenza-free winter.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine
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