Take time to get a flu vaccine. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. The 2015-2016 flu vaccine was developed to protect against the most influenza virus predicted to be the most common this fall, winter and spring. Traditional flu vaccines were made to protect against three different flu viruses (called “trivalent” vaccines), but now vaccine manufacturers are developing vaccines that protect against four different flu viruses (called “quadrivalent” vaccines). This year's trivalent flu vaccine will protect against two influenza A viruses (an H1N1 and an H3N2) and an influenza B virus. This year's quadrivalent flu vaccine protects against an additional influenza B virus.
Who Should Get Vaccinated
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as the 2015-2016 vaccines are available. Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to high risk people.
Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead.
Flu Vaccine Information Statements
Find out more information about the two types of flu vaccine this year from the CDC Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) .
Bayfield County Health Department offers a variety of flu clinics in locations throughout the county during flu season (typically beginning in October). Please see our Flu Clinics page for additional details.