CDC: Doing your homework for the flu vaccine

If you’re not feeling well, you may want to get a booster shot before heading outdoors.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued new recommendations on Wednesday that men get the yearly flu shot and women get the H1N1 and shot for the F.D.A. ear, nose and throat booster for all adults.

The “shot” is called the Community-Based Immunization Program for Infectious Diseases, or CDCIVIDS, which is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and targeted at about 7.2 million people.

The CDCIVIDS program is aimed at those who live in nursing homes and hospitals, and who have had their own asthma, COPD, flu or pneumonia, or had a history of congenital heart disease, cerebral palsy, sickle cell disease, diabetes, certain cancers or a history of a stroke or traumatic brain injury.

“This program is an important way to protect thousands of vulnerable Americans from influenza and other potentially dangerous health threats,” Michael Jhung, senior epidemiologist in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Health Protection, said in a press release.

The CDCIVIDS program was first developed in 1997 for a population of people who were eligible for Medicaid and on Medicare Part B.

Since that time, the program expanded into a nationwide community-based vaccination program for adults, as was the case in 2010 when the CDC recommended the CDCIVIDS shot for health care workers.

In 2011, Congress provided $47 million to expand the program to include all adults.

For all adults who have previously had the CDCIVIDS, the CDCIVIDS program can now provide the flu shot as well as the whole flu shot, together as a seasonal booster. In addition, in some communities, the CDCIVIDS program can provide chickenpox, hepatitis B, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and meningitis boosters as well.

This year, for both adults and children, the CDCIVIDS program is targeting the H1N1 vaccine.

“The goal is to provide patients with the best possible shot at protecting themselves against infectious diseases, whether they be infections from the flu, chickenpox, Lyme disease, measles, mumps or pertussis,” said Jhung.

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