What’s New With Flu? The Intradermal Vaccine

An intradermal flu vaccine is new this year.

“Fluzone Intradermal®” was licensed by the FDA for use in the U.S. for the 2011-2012 flu season. The intradermal flu vaccine is a shot that is injected into the skin instead of the muscle. It uses a much smaller and very fine needle so it may be helpful for people who don’t like needles.

It is for use in adults 18 through 64 years of age. It is provided in a single-use, preservative-free (without thimerosal) prefilled syringe.

For more information visit CDC’s website: http://cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/qa_intradermal-vaccine.htm

October The Beginning of Flu Season

It’s not just flu.

Even healthy adults and children can develop serious complications from the flu.
The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention recommends that every person 6 months of age and older receive a flu vaccine when it becomes available.

To find a flu clinic near you www.flu.gov Flu Vaccine Fnder lists municipal health department clinics and other sources of flu vaccine, such as pharmacies.

Contagion A Movie Public Health A Reality

The movie “Contagion” opens today, September 9, and fictionalizes the world’s emergency response to a novel respiratory disease outbreak.

The film’s writers talked with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) scientists as they developed the idea for the movie. CDC does not endorse or promote any commercial products. The premise of the film and some scenes are quite credible and the movie does demonstrate some of the public health response to a contagious disease.

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Saving Lives
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Protecting People
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Saving Money Through Prevention
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