Get The 411 on Flu Vaccines

Get the 411 on the Flu Vaccine

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Summary: 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 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

Uses a weakened live virus.
Great for:

  • Healthy people
  • Ages 2-49

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


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