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Starting this fall, the Health Ministry will recommend that everyone from the age of six months receive an influenza shot.
Until now, only high-risk groups of the chronically ill, those over the age of 65 and pregnant women were urged to get vaccinated. Now it will be limited only by the number of vaccines available to the four health funds for supply to their members.
In the past, even in years when severe outbreaks of the flu caused
deaths, no more than a half of the public went for vaccinations,
starting in the autumn, usually after the High Holy Days.
the recommended strains for inclusion in the new season’s vaccine will
be identical to that last year. Annually, the World Health Organization
announces the recommended vaccine according to the strains of flu that
were found in the Far East, where the infectious disease first strikes.
But this year, “A/California,” “A/Perth” and “B/Brisbane” strains were
As a result, the ministry’s epidemiology department
said children aged six months to eight years who received one
vaccination last winter can be covered with one shot and do not need
two. But everyone else needs to be revaccinated this year even if they
received a shot last year.
In addition, the instruction not to
give the flu vaccine to people who are at risk of anaphylactic shock due
to allergy to egg whites, on which the vaccine is cultured, has been
cancelled, due to the accumulation of experience that such a reaction is
extremely rare and has been shown not to be caused by the egg white in
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