Summary: Get The 411 on Flu Vaccines
Get Vaccinated and Prevent the Spread of Infection
Standard Flu Shot
- Infants > 6 months
- Healthy adults
- Pregnant women
Egg-Free Flu Shot
Vaccine produced without eggs.
- Severe egg allergic adults
- Ages and older
"Needle-Free" Flu Shot
Uses needle-free jet injector.
- Anyone afraid of needles
- Approved for ages 18-64
Nasal Spray Flu Shot
Uses a weakened live virus.
High-Dose Flu Shot
Helps people over 65 have a stronger immune response to the vaccine.
- 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
- 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
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