Yearly flu vaccination should begin in September or as soon as the vaccine is available, and throughout the influenza season, which peaks in January or even later.
A word of warning, if you go to the chemist to purchase the vaccine and then take it to the doctor, make sure that you have been given the correct prescription, because, if it is wrong and the doctor negligently does not check, you could be injected with something completely different as it has happened to me.
People who should get vaccinated each year are:
1. Children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday
2. Pregnant women
3. People 50 years of age and older
4. People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
5. People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
6. People who live with or care for those at high risk
Some people should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician. These include:
People with a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination.
People who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine.
Children less than 6 months of age
People who have a moderate-to-severe illness with a fever (they should wait until they recover to get vaccinated.)
Different side effects can be associated with the flu shot and LAIV.
The flu shot: The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Some minor side effects that could occur are:
Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
Fever (low grade)
If these problems occur, they begin soon after the shot and usually last 1 to 2 days. Almost all people who receive influenza vaccine have no serious problems from it. However, on rare occasions, flu vaccination can cause serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. As of July 1, 2005, people who think that they have been injured by the flu shot can file a claim for compensation from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).