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2020 INFLUENZA (FLU) VACCINATION GUIDANCE
1. What is Influenza?
Influenza(Flu) is an acute respiratory disease caused by the flu virus. Influenza is a highly contagious disease that spreads every winter.
2. Symptoms of Influenza
Sudden fever (over 38 degrees Celsius), headache, muscle pains, fatigue or coughing, sore throat, stuffy nose, etc. For children, vomiting and diarrhea may be accompanied.
3. Effects of Vaccination
The most effective way to prevent influenza is by getting vaccination in advance. For healthy young people, influenza vaccination has a preventive effect of around 70 to 90 percent. Although vaccination cannot completely save you from catching the flu, it relieves the symptoms.
4. Recommendation for vaccination
The symptoms of the flu are similar to those of the COVID-19. So it is strongly recommended to have the flu vaccination, especially from October to December. Influenza commonly spreads from December to April of the following year, and it takes about two weeks to form antibodies from the date of vaccination. If vaccinated too early, the immune system against flu may not last until the next spring. Therefore, it is recommended to get vaccinated at the right time. It is recommended to get vaccinated every year because the effectiveness of the vaccine decreases after one year, and every year we contact different kinds of flu.
5. Vaccination schedule for the eligible
Children aged from 6 months to 18 years old, pregnant women, and those aged 62 or older are eligible for free flu vaccination. Please visit a local public health center for vaccinations. If the vaccine supply for each local health center runs out, the free vaccination program could be stopped. Please visit the health center as soon as possible.
*6 months to 18 years old: born on January 1, 2002, to August 31, 2020.
– Children who are required to get 2 times of vaccination(Children among 6 months old~8 years old who got a vaccination for the first time / Children who got vaccinated only once before July 1, 2020) could get free vaccination from September 8, 2020, to April 30, 2021. They have to get the second vaccination 4 weeks after the date of the first vaccination.
– Children who are required to get 1 time of vaccination (All other children who aren’t required to get 2 times of vaccination) could get free vaccination from September 22, 2020, to December 31, 2020.
*Pregnant women: Please bring documents to confirm pregnancy, such as ‘new mother’s notebook’
– Pregnant women could get free vaccination from September 22, 2020, to April 30, 2021.
*Over 62 years of age: born on or before 31 December 1958
– Over 75 years of age (born on or before December 31, 1945) could get free vaccination from October 13, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
– Age 70~74 (born on January 1, 1946, to December 31, 1950) could get free vaccination from October 20, 2020, to December 31, 2020.
– Age 62~69(born on January 1, 1951, to December 31, 1958) could get free vaccination from October 27, 2020, to December 31, 2020.
6. Where can we get influenza vaccination?
Please contact your nearest health center and designated medical institution for influenza vaccination. The designated medical institution can be found at the KDCA (https://nip.cdc.go.kr)
7. How about those who are not eligible?
If you are not eligible for a free vaccination, you can visit a hospital and pay for it before getting vaccinated. The cost of vaccination is usually between 15,000 and 40,000 won.
Note: Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC)
If you have any questions regarding vaccination, please contact MAP.

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How to Find medical centers for free vaccination
Step 1. Go to the KDCA vaccination homepage: nip.cdc.go.kr
When you go to the website, you will see this notificatoitn.
It means: Free vaccination has been postponed temporarily. During the distribution process of vaccination, the refrigeration temperature hasn’t been kept properly. Since this might have caused some defect on vaccination, it is under quality test by Korea Food & Drug Administration. The free vaccination would start again after the test. It would take about 2 weeks.
Step 2. Click on “Finding the Designated Medical Center”
Step 3. Choose the type of vaccination you can get
어린이 인플루엔자 지정의료기관: designated medical center for children free vaccination
어르신 인플루엔자 지정의료기관: designated medical center for elders free vaccination
임신부 인플루엔자 지정의료기관: designated medical center for pregnant women free vaccination
*For children free vaccination
– 어린이 인플루엔자 에방접종 지원사업(만12세이하): For under age 12
– 어린이 인플루엔자 예방접종 지원사업(만13~18세): For age 13~18
Step 4. Choose the location of the medical center you want to visit
지역: 시/도 (Choose city/province: si/do); 시/군/구(Choose district: si/gun/gu); 읍/면/동(Choose town: eup/myeon/dong)
검색: After choosing the locatiton, click search
=> Then you can see the list of designated medical center
*지정의료기관 방문 전 인플루엔자 백신 접종가능 여부를 확인 후 방문하여 주시기 바랍니다
It says: Before visiting the designated medical center, please check whether they provide flu vaccination.
병/의원명: Name of the Medical Center
전화번호: Phone number of the Medical Center
주소: Adress of the Medical center
If there are free vaccination available, we will let you know