Flu Vaccination Clinic
This year's vaccine covers all expected flu strains, so no additional vaccinations should be necessary.
Who should get the seasonal flu vaccine?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, annual vaccination against influenza is recommended for all persons aged 6 months and older, including all adults.
When children between the ages of six months and eight years are being vaccinated for the first time, they should receive a second dose at least four weeks after their first vaccination.
Why is nasal spray not available this year?
Due to low effectiveness against influenza in the United States during two recent flu seasons, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended against the use of nasal vaccine this year. Based on this recommendation, Dartmouth-Hitchcock will not be offering any nasal vaccine this year.
Will high-dose vaccine be available this year, and who is recommended to receive high-dose?
Yes, high-dose will be available this year for those who are 65 years and older. Research has shown that high-dose vaccine provides better protection, and a decrease in flu-releated hospitalization for those 65 years and older.
Additional information about influenza vaccination is available at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm.
Flu vaccination clinic schedules by location
Clinics are offered in the following locations.
How flu savvy are you? Take this quiz and see how well you can tell flu fact from flu myth.
True or False: You can't get the flu from the flu vaccine.
- True: The flu vaccine contains dead flu virus, not live virus. It is impossible to get the "real" flu from the vaccine. The vaccine works to prepare your body to fight off infection from the live virus. A person may think he has the flu, when in reality he probably has one of hundreds of viruses that cause respiratory infections.
True or False: The flu vaccine significantly reduces your risk of getting the flu and passing it on to your family and friends.
- True: Flu viruses change every year. The flu vaccine is updated to include current viruses from year to year. So get the flu vaccine every year to protect yourself, and your friends and family.
True or False: The flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women, seniors and children over six months of age.
- True: As long as you don't have a fever, are not allergic to eggs, have not had a reaction to a previous flu vaccine and don't suffer from Guillain-Barre syndrome, the flu shot is safe and recommended.
- Current global situation: World Health Organization
- Current national situation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- New Hampshire information: New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
- Key facts about influenza (flu) and flu vaccine (CDC)
- Questions and answers about seasonal flu vaccine (CDC)
- What you should know for 2015-2016 influenza season (CDC)
- Tips on preventing the flu (CDC)
- Cold vs. flu (CDC)
- Information for schools, childcare providers and parents (CDC)