Flu Vaccinations Recommended for Everyone 6 Months and Older

Flu Vaccinations Recommended

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get an annual flu vaccine.

The 2017 – 2018 trivalent seasonal flu vaccine will cover the three flu strains that research suggests will be most common in the northern hemisphere:

  • A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus
  • B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (B/Victoria lineage)

A quadrivalent vaccine also is available that will include the B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata lineage).

Other vaccine details for the 2017 – 2018 flu season:

  • Intramuscular (IM) vaccines will be available in trivalent and quadrivalent formulations. All high-dose IM vaccines will be trivalent this season.
  • A jet injector can be used for delivery of AFLURIA® for people 18 to 64 years old.
  • All intradermal vaccines will be quadrivalent.

Based on data showing poor or relatively lower effectiveness of the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) determined that LAIV, also known as the “nasal spray” flu vaccine, should not be used during the 2017 – 2018 flu season.

More information about the flu vaccine, including coding guidelines, is available here.