Which Flu Vaccine is Right for You?

Which Flu Vaccine is Right for You Infographic

This information has been reviewed by Ann Mullen, AE-C, CNS, MSN, RN (September 2014.)

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Summary: Which Flu Vaccine is Right for You?

Get Vaccinated and Prevent the Spread of Infection

3 Strain Flu Shot -

The standard flu shot is great for:

  • Infants > 6 months
  • Healthy adults
  • Pregnant women


4 Strain Flu Shot-

Protects against B-class influenza, which affects young children, and is great for:

  • Kids
  • Healthy adults


Egg-Free Flu Shot-

Cultured in caterpillar cells, this shot is great for:

  • Severe egg allergic adults
  • Ages 18-49


"Needle-Free" Flu Shot-

Containing micro-needles that touch just the surface of the skin, this influenza vaccine is great for:

  • Anyone afraid of needles
  • Ages 18-64


Nasal Spray Flu Shot-

Eliminating needles, this shot is great for:

  • Squirmy kids
  • Healthy people
  • Ages 2-49


High-Dose Flu Shot-

Helping the elderly avoid flu complications like pneumonia or even death.  This vaccine is great for:

  • Age 65 or older


Flu Facts

  • Up to 20& of the U.S. will get the flu
  • Flu viruses circulate year-round, not just in fall and winter
  • The flu vaccine does not cause the flu illness- cough and cold season is usually to blame if you get sick
  • It takes about 2 weeks for the flu vaccine to take effect and offer protection
  • Immunity declines over time, so a yearly fly shot is recommended
  • Flu is mostly spread from coughing and sneezing
  • Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, sinus infections, and worsening of asthma


Tips to Prevent the Spread of Influenza

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Use sanitizer often and tell children and those around you to do the same
  • Don't touch your face- this is the easiest way for germs to get into your body
  • Studies show that smiling can help boost your immune system
  • Eating healthy, balanced meals can strengthen your immune system
  • Exercise boosts your immune system and speeds recovery from illness
  • Stay home for a full 24 hours after your fever goes away


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