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Influenza Vaccine

There are two types of influenza vaccine. The most common influenza vaccine is made from inactivated (killed) viruses. It is a weakened (attenuated) vaccine. The inactivated vaccine is given as an intramuscular injection. The live attenuated vaccine is sprayed into the nose...

Annual vaccination is recommended for the following groups:

a. All persons age 6 months or older wanting to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza or of transmitting it to others.

b. All adults age 50 years or older.

c. Children and teens age 6 months through 18 years.

d. Adults and children who have chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, cognitive, neurological/neuromuscular, hematology, or metabolic (e.g., diabetes) disorders.

e. Anyone whose immune system is weakened.

f. Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season.

g. Healthcare personnel.

It is not recommended for:

• It should not be given to healthy children younger than age 5 years who have recurrent wheezing or have had a wheezing episode within the past 12 months.

• Children younger than age two years,

• Persons age 50 and older,

• Person with chronic medical condition should receive inactivated influenza vaccine NOT live (nasal spray) influenza vaccine.

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