From the Virginia Department of Health, â€œâ€¦ we have entered what is likely our period of highest activity with influenza-like activity (ILI) and confirmed cases of influenza remaining widespread across Virginia.â€
Influenza vaccine administered late in the influenza season has special benefit for specific groups:
- Newly pregnant women or women who plan to become pregnant will benefit from vaccine protection now and early in the next flu season. In addition, their infants will have a reduced risk of hospitalization for influenza-like illness during their first six months of life.
- Any child aged 6 months through 8 years, who received seasonal influenza vaccine for the first time this year, should get a second dose during this season. Two doses this season means the child will only need one dose next year and subsequent years.
- Travelers to the Southern Hemisphere during our summer months should be vaccinated prior to their departure.