Which Flu Vaccine Is Right for You?

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This information has been reviewed and approved by Rozine Angbanzan, MPH, Infection Preventionist (September 2021).

 

Which Flu Vaccine is Right for You?

CDC Recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older.

Standard Flu Shot

  • Infants > 6 months
  • Healthy Adults
  • Pregnant Women

Egg-Free Flu Shot

  • Severe egg allergic adults
  • Ages 18 and older

"Needle-Free" Flu Shot

  • Ages 18-64

Nasal Spray*

  • Healthy, non-pregnant
  • Ages 2-49
  • Physician advice recommended

High-Dose Flu Shot

  • Age 65 or older

Flu Facts

  • Flu viruses circulate YEAR-ROUND
  • Viruses cause the flu, not the FLU VACCINE
  • You need 2 WEEKS for the flu vaccine to start protecting
  • Immunity declines over time — get vaccinated each year
  • Flu mostly spreads from coughing & sneezing
  • Flu Complications 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 with unwashed hands.
  • smiling boosts your immune system.
  • Eat healthy, balanced meals to strengthen your immune system.
  • Exercise boosts immunity and speeds recovery from illness.
  • Stay home for a full 24 hours after your fever is gone.
  • Get vaccinated for protection against the flu.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
* No U.S. effectiveness data since ingredients changed for 2017-2018 flu season

 

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