ALL You Need to Know about 2019-2020 FLU Season

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CDC has published information about 2019-2020 flu season in its official website. Since government info is always long and boring, I think I can just give a brief summary of things you may need. Of course, you can always refer to if you have other questions.




What flu vaccines should I take this season?



You can choose any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine.


Standard dose flu shots are for most people aged 18 to 64 years old. They are usually given with a needle into the muscle, but one (Afluria Quadrivalent) can be given with a jet injector. High-dose shots and shots made with adjuvant are for people 65 years and older.



When should I get vaccinated?



It’s recommended to take the flu vaccine by the end of October. Children 6 months through 8 years of age should finish 2 doses by the end of October, with at least 4 weeks of time between the two doses.


What vaccines can I get if I’m allergic to eggs?



You can get any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine if you are allergic to eggs. However, if you have symptoms other than hives after exposed to eggs, such as angioedema, respiratory distress, lightheadedness, etc., you should get the vaccine in an inpatient or outpatient medical setting.



What’s the predicted flu activity this year?



Influenza is unpredictable. While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one season to another. But you can always take precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu.



What should I do to protect myself and my loved ones from flu this season?



CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. Other preventive actions include:


Staying away from sick people;

Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth;

Washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs;

Staying home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others if you are sick with flu;

Taking antiviral drugs under the instruction of your doctor if you get flu.



Do my children need two doses of flu vaccine?



Children 6 months through 8 years of age need 2 doses of flu vaccine. Make sure to finish both doses by the end of October, with at least 4 weeks between the two doses.



What can I do to protect children who are too young to get vaccinated?



There are some things you can do to protect your little one, the first of which is you taking a flu vaccine to protect them from flu.


Keep yourself and the child in your care away from people who are sick as much as you can.


If you get flu symptoms, avoid contacting with the child and others, and consider arranging for another caregiver for the child.


Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, through the tissue away, and wash your hands.


Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.


Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs often spread this way.


Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, especially when someone is ill.



According to CNN, this flu season has caused 1,300 death. But don’t worry, take precautions and take care of yourself as well as your loved ones, you will be just fine.

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