Maine CDC strongly encourages health care providers to offer H1N1 vaccine to every patient at every visit, so long as there are no contraindications for receiving vaccine.
Three Vaccines for 2009 - 2010
There are separate vaccines for the regular, seasonal flu and H1N1 flu. The vaccine for one flu does not protect you against the other.
Studies show that the flu increases a person’s risk for developing bacterial pneumonia. Pneumococcal vaccines provide protection from this complication. Pneumococcal vaccine is recommended for all children younger than 5, anyone ages 2-64 with underlying health conditions, and people ages 65 and older.
There are different formulations of both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu vaccines. Both types of vaccine are available in a shot or a nasal spray.
Where can I get vaccine?
- Check with your health care provider, including specialty providers
- Find a vaccination clinic near you
The 2010-2011 seasonal flu vaccine will include the current H1N1 vaccine.
US CDC now recommends all children ages 6 months through 18 years get annual seasonal flu vaccinations.
Others who are prioritized for seasonal flu vaccination include:
- Those age 65 and older
- Pregnant women
- People with chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes, asthma, congestive heart failure, lung diseases)