Flu and Tdap Vaccines
Ask your healthcare provider about flu and Tdap vaccinations. The 2012-2013 seasonal influenza vaccine is available at county health departments. Contact your local county health department for information on vaccine availability.
Who Really Needs a Flu Shot?
- Pregnant women
- Children over age six months
- People over age 50
- Anyone with a chronic disease
- Healthcare workers
Plus flu shots are important for family members and other caretakers to keep them from getting and spreading flu.
Who Should Not Get the Influenza Vaccine
There are some children who should not get the vaccine, either nasal mist or injection, without first consulting a physician. These include children who:
- have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
- have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past.
- developed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) within six weeks of getting an influenza vaccine previously.
- have a moderate-to-severe illness with a fever (they should wait until they recover to get vaccinated). Children with a mild cold or other minor illness may be vaccinated.
Why Does Anyone Need a Tdap Shot?
- It protects against Pertussis (whooping cough), which is a serious disease for babies.
- Pertussis can cause serious illness requiring hospitalization, or even death.
- Pertussis is very contagious, and adults and older children can spread pertussis to babies.
Find out about the best defense against Pertussis from your healthcare provider. Ask about the booster shot (Tdap) that's recommended for yourself, older children, and other adults, including grandparents, babysitters, and other caretakers. Learn more about Pertussis, the Tdap vaccine, the Td booster and Pertussis cases in Alabama.