Flu vaccine update

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  • The influenza vaccine is recommended for all individuals 6 months and older. Children who received 2 or more doses of influenza vaccine since July 1, 2010, should receive 1 dose this year. Otherwise, children younger than 8 years should receive a booster vaccination at least 1 month after primary vaccination.
  • Persons who report only hives after exposure to eggs may receive TIV, provided that the healthcare practice is familiar with the potential manifestations of egg allergy and can monitor the patient for at least 30 minutes after administration of the vaccine.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides an update on influenza vaccination for the 2012-2013 season in the current issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The 2 strains of influenza A and 1 strain of influenza B included in this year’s vaccine are different than those in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 influenza seasons.