2012-2013 Influenza Vaccine and Vaccination Information
Protect yourself and those around you from becoming ill with the Flu this year. The campus health center will offer the flu vaccine in October. Nurses for Beloit Occupational Health will be administering the vaccine on Wednesday, October 10th from 11:00am-1:00 pm and again from 4:30pm until 6:00pm in the President's dining room (also in Chapin, next to Commons). The cost of the vaccine is $25. You can pay with cash, check or have the amount charged to your campus account. Please bring your campus ID with you.
The 2012-2013 vaccine will provide protection from H1N1 influenza and also influenza A/H3N2 and influenza B. The vaccine does contain Thimerosal. If you have a severe allergy to eggs, you should not get the vaccine.
You need to get a flu shot every year even if you received the H1N1 vaccine last year.
2012-13 Influenza Vaccine and Vaccination Information
Who should get vaccinated this season?
Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. This recommendation has been in place since February 24, 2010 when CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu vaccination in the U.S. to expand protection against the flu to more people. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu–related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu–related complications.
- Pregnant women
- Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
- People 65 years of age and older
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease
- People who live in nursing homes and other long–term care facilities
- People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
- Health care workers
- Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
- Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated).
Where can I get a flu vaccine?
Flu vaccine shipments began in August and will continue throughout September and October until all vaccine is distributed. Doctors and nurses are encouraged to begin vaccinating their patients as soon as flu vaccine is available in their area, even as early as August. See your doctor or nurse to get the flu vaccine, or seek out other locations where vaccine is being offered. The following flu clinic locator is a useful tool for finding vaccine in your area.
2011-2012 Flu Vaccine Formulation
What viruses do flu vaccines protect against?
Flu vaccines are designed to protect against the three influenza viruses that experts predict will be the most common during the upcoming season. Each season, this includes an influenza B virus, an influenza A (H1N1) virus and an influenza A (H3N2) virus. (These are the three virus subtypes that are circulating most commonly among people today.) More information about influenza vaccines is available at Preventing Seasonal Flu With Vaccination.
What viruses will the 2012-2013 vaccine protect against?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that the United State's 2012–2013 seasonal influenza vaccine contain the following three vaccine viruses:
- an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus;
- an A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus; and
- a B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like virus (from the B/Yamagata lineage of viruses).
The 2012–13 influenza vaccine can protect you from getting sick from these three viruses, or it can make your illness milder if you get a related but different influenza virus strain. (For more information about how the viruses in the vaccine are selected, visit Selecting the Viruses in the Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Vaccine.
The viruses in this season’s vaccine are the same viruses that were selected for the 2012-2013 influenza vaccine for the United States. More information about the vaccine virus selection process is available at Vaccine Selection for the 2012-2013 Season.
Why did the vaccine composition remain the same?
The viruses selected for the vaccine remained the same because they continued to be the main viruses causing human illness worldwide. More information about the vaccine virus selection process is available at Vaccine Selection for the 2012-2013 Season.
For more information go to the CDC website.
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