Flu Shots for 2016/2017: What Has Changed?

The vaccine has been updated to reflect the currently circulating viruses.

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The viruses that cause influenza frequently change. For this reason, flu vaccine manufactures are constantly updating the vaccine to offer the best protection against the latest variation of flu-causing viruses. The 2016-2017 vaccine provides protection against influenza A subtype viruses and type B viruses. Specifically, most vaccines will offer protection against:

  • (H1N1) – A/California/7/2009 virus
  • (H3N2) – A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 virus
  • (B/ Victoria Lineage) – B/Brisbane/60/2008 virus

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New Recommendation for Those with an Egg Allergy

For anyone with egg allergies, recommendations for administering the flu shot depends on symptoms suffered from the allergy:

  • If only hives are experienced after exposure to egg, that person can receive the flu vaccine.
  • For anyone whose egg allergy causes angioedema (swelling of deep skin tissue,) difficulty breathing, or emergency intervention of any kind, a shot must be administered in a medical setting with a professional who is trained to recognize signs of allergic reaction and distress.

Only Injectable Shots are Recommended 

Over the past several flu seasons, the nasal spray vaccinations did not offer sufficient protection against the main strains of the influenza virus. Because of this, it is recommended that only shots are administered.

Who Needs a Flu Shot?

Everyone over six months old should get the a flu shot. But, it is especially important for certain groups to get the shot:

  • Pregnant Women. Pregnant women are more susceptible to the flu because of changes to their immune system. Since serious illness can lead to hospitalization or even premature labor, it is important to get a flu shot. Both mom and baby receive the benefits of the vaccine. They are both protected even after delivery.
  • Young Children. Even in healthy children, the unpredictable nature of the flu virus can cause serious illness. Approximately 77 children died from the flu last year, so it is recommended that children six months and older receive the vaccine. It should also be noted that children who are under five years old are especially susceptible.
  • Older Adults. For those who are 65 or older, the immune system naturally weakens with age. This leaves seniors vulnerable to the effects of the flu virus. In fact, it is estimated that 71 to 85 percent of flu-related deaths occur in seniors.

In addition, anyone with the following conditions should receive a flu shot:

  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes

The 2016-2017 Flu Vaccine is now available at Atlanta Women’s Obstetrics & Gynecology