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What flu viruses are included in the seasonal vaccine for 2019-2020?

There are many flu viruses and they are constantly changing. The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated to match circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the viruses that research suggests will be the most common. For 2019-2020 , the four-component vaccine contains:

A/Brisbane (H1N1) pdm09-like virus

A/Kansas (H3N2)-like virus

B/Colorado (Victoria lineage) virus

B/Phuket (Yamagata lineage) virus

The Center for Disease Control has an outstanding webpage that allows you to ask a question and get straight forward answers.

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Indications for the seasonal flu vaccine:

"The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months or older." The single best way to protect against the flu is get vaccinated each year.

This would include:

  • All persons who want to reduce the risk of becoming ill
  • All children between the ages of 6 mos through 18 yrs.
  • All children receiving long term aspirin therapy.
  • All women who will become pregnant during influenza season.
  • Anyone with chronic pulmonary disease, such as asthma, or cardiovascular disease (except hypertension).
  • Anyone with a chronic disease of the liver, blood, or kidneys;immunosuppressed, or metabolic disorder.
  • All residents of nursing homes.
  • Household contacts and caregivers of children below the age of 6; adults age 50 yrs and older; and persons with high risk medical conditions.
  • Persons planning to travel to an area of the world with influenza activity.

Do not give to person who has had an anaphylactic reaction to a prior dose of the vaccine or any of its components or if you have a severe allergy to eggs.

Minor illnesses with or without fever do not contraindicate its use.

Guillain-Barre Syndrome within 6 weeks following a dose of influenza vaccine is a precaution for vaccination with any type of vaccine.

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