The 2012-2013 Flu Vaccine is available in Vermont and protects against the H1N1 and seasonal flu viruses. Flu season usually lasts October to May.
CDC and Health Department recommend
everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated
Flu Information Line
Dial 2-1-1, or visit online at Vermont211.org
There will be ample supplies of seasonal flu vaccine available.
Will I need a separate H1N1 shot again this year?
No. Only one shot is needed to protect against three different flu viruses, including H1N1 and seasonal flu. Get vaccinated to protect yourself and your family throughout the flu season.
You can also contact your health care provider to see if have received vaccine. If you have special health concerns, ask about whether they recommend anything else for your particular health situation.
Get a pneumococcal vaccine
Ask your physician about getting the pneumococcal vaccine to protect against pneumonia. This is particularly recommended for seniors and others who may be at risk of complications from the flu.
If you feel ill, call your doctor
If you feel ill, or have flu-like symptoms, call your provider. He or she may recommend antiviral medication, which is available and usually effective.
- See also: What to do if you get sick
Take everyday precautions to keep illness from spreading
- Wash your hands often and well
- Cover your cough when you cough or sneeze
- Stay home from work or school and away from others when you are sick – for at least 24 hours after your fever has gone.
All vaccines are held to extremely high standard of safety and are continually monitored. The benefits of immunization outweigh the risks.
Each year, millions of Americans safely receive seasonal flu vaccines.The vaccine has been tested and safely used in children, pregnant woman, and other adults. If you have special health concerns, ask your health care provider whether they recommend anything else for your particular health situation.
The flu vaccine can prevent serious illness or even death, especially for people at risk for complications from the flu. Not only does not getting vaccinated mean you put yourself at risk, if you become ill, you may also risk the health of the children and adults with whom you have contact.
- Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine
- Questions & Answers about the Seasonal Flu Shot
- Thimerosal in Seasonal Flu Vaccine
- Seasonal Flu and Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)
Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
If you have questions or need information about the flu, you can dial 2-1-1 (toll free in Vermont), or contact the Health Department:.
Page updated: September 11, 2012