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Get Vaccinated: What Are Your Options

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According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention the single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season.

There are several flu vaccine options for the 2013-2014 flu season.  The CDC said traditional flu vaccines are made to protect you against three different flu viruses and they are available.  In addition, this season flu vaccines made to protect against four different flu viruses are also available.

The trivalent flu vaccine protects against two influenza A viruses and an influenza B virus.  The following trivalent flu vaccines are available:
  • Standard dose trivalent shots are manufactured using virus grown eggs.  These are approved for people ages 6 months and older.
  • A standard dose trivalent shot containing virus grown in cell structure is approved for people 18 and older.
  • A standard dose trivalent shot that is egg free is approved for people 18 through 49-years-old.
  • A high does trivalent shot is approved for people 65 and older.
  • A standard dose intradermal trivalent shot is injected into the skin instead of the muscle and uses a much smaller needle that a regular flu shot.  This is approved for people 18 through 64-years-old.

The quadrivalent flu vaccine protects against two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. The following quadrivalent flu vaccines are available:
  • A standard dose quadrivalent shot
  • A standard dose quadrivalent flu vaccine is given as a nasal spray and is approved for healthy people ages 2 through 49.

The CDC doesn’t recommend one flu vaccine over the other.  The important thing is to get the flu vaccine every year.

For a look at all of you coverage on the flu clink on the links below:

Flu Activity

Flu: Breaking Down The Basics

When To Get Vaccinated

Who Should Get Vaccinated

Who Shouldn't Get Vaccinated

Three Actions To Fight The Flu