Influenza Season FAQ
What sort of flu season is expected this year?
Will new strains of flu circulate this season?
When will flu activity begin and when will it peak?
What should I do to prepare for this flu season?
Where can I get a flu vaccine?
What kind of vaccines will be available in the United States
What flu viruses does this season’s vaccine protect against?
- an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
- an A(H3N2) virus antigenically like the cell-propagated prototype virus A/Victoria/361/2011;
- a B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus.
http://camanual.com/govt-asks-exporters-file-table-6a-gstr-3b-processing-igst-refund/?share=twitter It is recommended that quadrivalent vaccines containing two influenza B viruses contain the above three viruses and a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus. More information about influenza vaccines is available at Preventing Seasonal Flu With Vaccination.
How long does a flu vaccine protect me from getting the flu?
For everyone, getting vaccinated each year provides the best protection against influenza throughout flu season. It’s important to get a flu vaccine every year, even if you got vaccinated the season before and the viruses in the vaccine have not changed for the current season.
Will this season’s vaccine be a good match for circulating viruses?
How do we know if there is a good match between the vaccine viruses and those causing illness?
In addition, CDC conducts studies each year to determine how well the vaccine protects against illness.
Can the vaccine provide protection even if the vaccine is not a “good” match?
In addition, it’s important to remember that the flu vaccine contains three virus viruses so that even when there is a less than ideal match or lower effectiveness against one virus, the vaccine may protect against the other viruses.
For these reasons, even during seasons when there is a less than ideal match, CDC continues to recommend flu vaccination. This is particularly important for people at high risk for serious flu complications, and their close contacts.
What will CDC do to monitor vaccine effectiveness for the 2013-2014 season?
Where can I find information about vaccine supply?
Information about vaccine supply is available on the CDC influenza web site.