Those nasty flu germs that make us sick in the winter are here again, making us dive between the blankets with fevers and chills.
If you plan on traveling in the winter months, it’s good to know what’s what when it comes to the 2018-2019 flu season, and who would know better than the CDC?
We’ve taken what we considered the most widely applicable points directly from their website. The CDC also indicates that flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses. Here’s what it says are the most widely recommended vaccines available this year. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist about what’s best for you.
Flu vaccines recommended by the CDC for 2018 – 2019:
- Standard dose flu shots. These are given into the muscle. They are usually given with a needle, but two (Afluria and Afluria Quadrivalent) can be given to some people (those 18 to 64 years old) with a jet injector.
- High-dose shots for older people.
- Shots made with adjuvant for older people.
- Shots made with virus grown in cell culture.
Shots made using a vaccine production technology (recombinant vaccine) that does not require the use of flu virus.
- Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) – or the nasal spray vaccine – is also an option for use during the 2018-2019 season for persons whom it is otherwise appropriate.
What other information is available?
Click here to see a table the CDC says includes all flu vaccines FDA-approved for combating the 2018-2019 influenza virus in the U.S.
The CDC recommends that you get vaccinated before the flu begins spreading in your community, adding that it takes about two weeks following your vaccination for antibodies that help protect you to develop in your body. Ideally, people in the U.S. should be vaccinated by the end of October.
Some children require two doses of vaccine given a minimum of four weeks apart; those children should be vaccinated as soon as possible to allow for the extra dose.
Things you can do to help yourself stay well
Just as vaccines can provide that ounce of prevention that beats a pound of cure, so can simple things you can do every day, especially when traveling. Keep hand sanitizer with you and use it often. Have sanitary wipes on hand for cleaning notoriously germy places like airplane flush handles and arm rests. And the simple act of washing your hands, including when you return home, can work wonders. Check out our recent post for more: https://bit.ly/2rg5tqq
Missed that Boat that Sailed in October?
If you didn’t get vaccinated in October, the CDC says you still should and that vaccinations should continue to be offered “into January or later.”
Don’t Forget Your Emergency Medical Plan
We encourage you to ensure you will be properly taken care of in the event of an injury or illness. For less than the cost of a plane ticket, your whole family can be covered for a year. You will be medically airlifted home to be treated by your own doctors in the event of an emergency.
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