Well, the flu season is just around the corner. You'll be hearing lots of "get your flu shot" media plugs. I thought I'd provide what I know about this year's flu vaccine so you can choose to make an educated decision in regard to whether you'll get the shot or not this year.
Chiron Vaccines LtdFluvirin 22
GlaxoSmithKline BiologicsFluarix 18
MedImmune Vaccines, IncFluMist 21
Sanofi Pasteur, Inc
Also see: FluMist
Also see: What you should know about the FluMist vaccine
GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals Rixensart BelgiumFluarix
Also see: Fluarix
Chiron Vaccines Ltd Fluvirin
Also see: Chiron's info
Sanofi Pasteur IncFluzone
Also see: Fluzone.com
Also see: www.influenza.com/
More Flu info:http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5539a1.htmhttp://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5539a2.htm
State Health Departments:http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/international/relres.html
MMWR Past issues:http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/mmwrpvol.htmlhttp://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/recreppy.htmlhttp://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/sursumpv.htmlhttp://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/mmwr_sup.html
Summary of Notifiable Diseases:http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/summary.html
CDC's Information on the Flu:http://www.cdc.gov/flu/
Influenza Vaccine Bulletins:http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/flubulletin.htm
Important questions to ask before vaccinating, if you vaccinate at all:
Is the vaccine provided appropriate for the age of the person receiving it?
What are the vaccine's side effects (found in the "Contraindications," "Warnings," "Precautions," "Adverse Reactions" sections of the vaccine's package insert)?
How will vaccination affect my chances of getting the flu?
Are there other ways of avoiding the flu?
How long does it take for the vaccine to become "effective"?
How do I know the vaccine's version of the flu is going to be this year's flu strain?
Why should I vaccinate?
Why shouldn't I vaccinate?
When/if you decide to vaccinate, ALWAYS get the name of the shot, the manufacturer name, serial # , batch #, date administered, and the name of the person administering the shots--ALWAYS.