Which Flu Vaccine Is Right for You?

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This information has been reviewed and approved by Lindsay Sense, RN, BSN, CMSRN, Infection Preventionist (September 2022).


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 two weeks for the flu vaccine to start protecting you.
  • Immunity declines over time — get vaccinated each year.
  • Flu mostly spreads by coughing & sneezing.
  • Flu complications include bacterial pneumonia, sinus infections and worsening 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 immunity.
  • Eat healthy, balanced meals to strengthen your immune system.
  • Exercise to boost immunity and speed 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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