The flu season is upon us and many doctors and health officials are reminding populations at risk to be vaccinated, especially hi-risk patients such as those with certain chronic medical conditions or those in contact with individuals at increased risk of influenza-related complications.

Many KLS episodes have been noted to begin with unspecified flu-like symptoms.  KLS families may therefore wish to consult with their physician to discuss if flu vaccination is appropriate for your family this time of year.

Influenza usually occurs from November until April, with activity peaking between late December and early March. The optimal time for flu shots is during October through November.  Note, one can still get the flu even after vaccination. Flu vaccine is not 100% effective and does not take effect until one or two weeks after it is received. During this time, you will be just as susceptible to contract the flu as individuals who have not received the vaccination.

H1N1 Flu
The H1N1 flu is caused by a new virus strain that first appearred in teh spring of 2009.  Although the virus causes similar symptoms to the seasonal flu, it appears to affect different populations.  the seasonal flu vaccine does not protect against it.

The H1N1 flu vaccine is initially recommended for populations at risk including children and yound adults through 24 years of age, as well as people with underlying medical conditions.  Both of these categories apply to most KLS patients.  Please check with your doctor to determine if you should recieve the H1N1 vaccine.

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