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This information has been reviewed and approved by Rozine Angbanzan, MPH, Infection Preventionist (September 2019).


Get the 411 on Flu Vaccines

Get Vaccinated and Prevent the Spread of Infection


Standard Flu Shot

Great for:

  • Infants > 6 months
  • Healthy Adults
  • Pregnant Women

Egg-Free Flu Shot

Vaccine produced without eggs.
Great for:

  • Severe egg allergic adults
  • Ages 18 and older


"Needle-Free" Flu Shot

Uses needle-free jet injector.
Great for:

  • Anyone afraid of needles
  • Approved for ages 18-64


Nasal Spray Flu Shot

CDC does not recommend the nasal spray this flu season due to poor effectiveness in the past two seasons.


High-Dose Flu Shot

Helps people over 65 have a stronger immune response to the vaccine.
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 flu shot is recommended
  • Flu is mostly spread from coughing and sneezing
  • Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, sinus infections, and worsening of asthma



Prevention Tips

  • Clean your hands often with soap and water
  • Use sanitizer when soap and water are not available
  • 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
  • Get vaccinated for protection against the flu



More Information on Flu Vaccines


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