Changes to the flu shot this year means you’ll no longer get to breathe in your sigh of relief with a nasal spray.
The Center for Disease Control is now only recommending injectable flu shots, not the nasal spray vaccine, and that’s not the only change you’ll see to the flu prevention this year.
According to the CDC, pregnant women may receive any licensed, recommended, and age appropriate flu vaccine rather than getting one specific type. This year we’re also learning more about the virus, the CDC says a new 2017 study was the first of its kind to show flu vaccines significantly reduce a child’s risk of dying from influenza.
Pharmacist at Collier Drug Store Denise Roark says the elderly, children, health care workers, and anyone who comes in contact with a large number of people every day needs to get vaccinated.
Roark says, “They reformulate the vaccine every year based on the strains that they feel may be prevalent that season. This year, also, they are putting a quad-vaccine together that has four different strains that are covered where as in years past there would usually there were three.”
You might be getting the flu if you experience these symptoms: Fever, cough, sore throat, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue. Roark says, “There are studies that show that as we age, we have a slightly blunted response to the flu vaccine, so in that population, they’ll be given a little higher dose so that their body can mount a better immune response.”
According to Roark, it takes about two weeks for a person to be fully immunized following a flu vaccine. She recommends getting your shot no later than the end of October, but she says she’s already seeing flu cases come in.
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