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Indiana State Department of Health > Vaccination > Vaccination Vaccination

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recently detected an increase in the number of reports to VAERS of febrile seizures following vaccination with Fluzone (trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine or TIV, manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur, Inc.). Fluzone is the only influenza vaccine recommended for use for the 2010-2011 flu season in infants and children 6-23 months of age. These reported febrile seizures have primarily been seen in children younger than 2 years of age. Data from VAERS are preliminary and serve as a sign or indication that further investigation is warranted. Further investigations are under way to assess whether there could be an association between influenza vaccination and febrile seizures, or if other factors could be involved. FDA and CDC have seen no increase in VAERS reports of febrile seizures in people older than 2 years of age following vaccination with TIV, and no increase after live attenuated influenza vaccine (FluMist, the nasal spray vaccine). In the cases reported, all children recovered and no lasting effects have been seen. Recommendations for the use of flu vaccine in children have not changed.

For more info, go to the FDA Website.

Who Should Get Vaccinated….2010-2011 Flu Season

Indiana health officials recommend everyone 6 months of age and over get vaccinated with seasonal flu vaccine.

Don’t Get the Flu.  Don’t Spread the Flu.  Get Vaccinated Now.

All children aged 6 months to 18 years should be vaccinated annually.

  • Children aged 6 months to 9 years will need to receive two doses of the seasonal flu vaccine.
  • Children aged younger than 6 months cannot receive influenza vaccination. Household and other close contacts (e.g., daycare providers) of children over age 6 months, including older children and adolescents, should be vaccinated.

The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.

There are two types of seasonal flu vaccines:

The "flu shot" — an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.

The nasal-spray flu vaccine —a vaccine made with live, weakened flu viruses that do not cause the flu (sometimes called LAIV for "live attenuated influenza vaccine" or FluMist®). LAIV (FluMist®) is approved for use in healthy people 2-49 years of age who are not pregnant.

The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. The viruses in the vaccine change each year based on international surveillance and scientists' estimations about which types and strains of viruses will circulate in a given year. About 2 weeks after vaccination, antibodies that provide protection against influenza virus infection develop in the body.

Local Health Dept. Flu Clinics

Following are links to information on the availability of the seasonal flu vaccine at local health departments, as reported by those departments. This list only includes information shared with the Indiana State Department of Health and is not meant to be a comprehensive summary of flu vaccine availability at Indiana's local health departments. The seasonal flu vaccine is also available from private physicians and pharmacies around the state.

Follow the three "Cs"

  • Clean - properly wash your hands frequently
  • Cover - cover your cough or sneeze
  • Contain - contain your germs by staying home if you are sick

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