Fast Five Quiz: Flu Season

Michael Stuart Bronze, MD

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October 02, 2020

Public health officials have warned that influenza vaccination is particularly important this year, owing to concerns about a potentially deadly confluence of the seasonal flu and COVID-19.

A CDC analysis previously reiterated the importance of vaccinating pregnant individuals regardless of trimester.

The CDC and others recommend vaccination as long as influenza viruses are circulating, even in January or later. Influenza vaccine provides reasonable protection against immunized strains. The vaccination becomes effective 10-14 days after administration.

Persons with a history of egg allergy who have experienced only hives after exposure to egg should receive influenza vaccine. Inactivated influenza vaccine or trivalent recombinant influenza vaccine should be used.

Specific recommendations for individuals who should be immunized can be obtained from the CDC, which publishes regular updates of this information (see Seasonal Influenza (Flu): Information for Health Professionals).

Read more about influenza vaccination.

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