Tuesday, October 20, 2009

H1N1 (Swine Flu) and Seasonal Flu

Arm yourself against the seasonal and H1N1 (Swine) flu.This year there are two types of flu to protect against, the seasonal and H1N1 strains. Both require their own vaccine, and certain groups of people should get one or both of these vaccines. Help protect yourself from seasonal flu with a flu vaccination. Everyone should get a seasonal flu shot, but it’s especially important for:

Children 6 months old up to their 19th birthday

Anyone 50 or older

Anyone with a chronic health condition

Pregnant women

Health care workers

H1N1 (Swine) Flu and the Seasonal flu aren’t really that different. A lot of what you already know about the seasonal flu applies to the H1N1 flu (swine flu). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people recover from the seasonal flu and the H1N1 flu on their own, without medical attention. .The seasonal flu vaccination does not protect against the 2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) virus. An H1N1 vaccine has been developed and approved.

Because of the limited supply of H1N1 vaccine, the CDC has established a list of which groups should get the vaccine first. Get up-to-date information to help protect yourself and your family during this outbreak, go to cdc.gov to view a list of frequently asked questions, health guidelines, and symptoms to watch for.

Information provided by Kaiser Permanente

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