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2016 Flu Vaccine Recommendations from the CDC

posted Oct 4, 2016, 10:30 AM by Ariel Purkeypile   [ updated Oct 4, 2016, 10:56 AM ]

Flu Season is Upon Us!

Hey y'all! Flu season is officially here! Enhancing Doulas has got you covered with the info you need to stay healthy through to 2017. Flu season runs from October to April in the northern hemisphere, including us here in the good old US of A. Other parts of the world at the bottom of the graphic we built for you. There have been some changes in recommendations and types of vaccines available, so it's important we're all current on the best information possible from the Centers for Disease Control

No more nasal spray!

One big change is that the nasal spray version is no longer available. They found it wasn't as effective as initially thought, so it's back to the drawing board. In the mean time, it's important parents understand that the temporary pain and stress (for kids and parents!) of the injection version of the flu vaccine is far less than the pain, stress, and serious health complications that can come with the flu. 

Calling all preggers! And potential preggers! And people who used to be preggers but now have a little baby!

Pregnant women and those who might become pregnant during this flu season (October 2016 through April 2017) should get the flu vaccine. This not only protects you from getting the flu to begin with, it also passes on some immunity to baby after birth! Babies can't get the flu vaccine until they are 6 months old, and then it takes 2 vaccinations at least 4 weeks apart plus 2 weeks for the vaccine to take effect, so you're basically looking at your kiddo being at least 7 or 8 months old before they will be protected if they get the vaccine as soon as possible. Family members who will be caring for baby should also get the flu vaccine to protect baby during this time.

What, no lecture on herd immunity?

In the interest of getting you to the handy graphic sooner rather than later, we'll forgo the lecture on herd immunity and how important it is for us as a group to get vaccinated to those who can't be vaccinated or for whom the vaccine doesn't work. But it really is important!

So get a flu shot! Do it for yourself, your baby, your family, and yes, do it for our herd immunity (moo).

2016 Flu vaccine recommendations from the CDC in infographic created by Enhancing Doulas of Lubbock, Texas