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The Influenza Vaccine: Who Should Get It?

Published on Jan 30, 2017 at 7:09 pm in Vaccine Injury.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone over the age of six months old to receive some form of the influenza vaccine for the 2016-2017 flu season. However, there are some rare cases, according to the CDC, where the Influenza vaccine is not recommended. This includes:

  • Children younger than six months
  • People with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine, including gelatin, antibiotics, or another ingredients.

The CDC also recommends that if you are planning on getting the influenza vaccine that you receive the injectable version. These include the inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) and the recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV). The live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the “nasal spray” flu vaccine, should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season, as it has been determined to be ineffective.

The CDC Strongly Recommends the Influenza Vaccination for the Following People:

  • Children aged 6 months through 4 years old
  • People aged 50 years and older
  • People with chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension)
  • Health care personnel
  • People with extreme obesity (body-mass index [BMI] is 40 or greater)
  • Women who are or will be pregnant during the influenza season and women up to two weeks after delivery

For a complete list, click here.

Side Effects from the Influenza Vaccine?

Negative or harmful side effects from the influenza vaccine are extremely rare, but they still do occur. One such example is Guillain Barré Syndrome. Guillain Barré Syndrome can case major muscle and nerve damage to the body and can be extremely painful to recover from.

If you believe that you or someone you may have a vaccine injury claim, please contact Milwaukee, WI vaccine injury lawyer Scott Taylor and the Urban & Taylor vaccine injury team today. You will never be charged a fee for our services. Attorney Taylor and his staff will help evaluate your claim based on its merits. You can find out more about the vaccine injury compensation program on our FAQ.

Since your claim will be filed with the Federal Court of Claims in Washington, D.C., we are not limited to the representation of Wisconsin residents and are able to represent vaccine injury victims throughout the United States. Regardless of where you are located, we can help you file your claim and receive the compensation you need to get back on your feet again.

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