What you need to know about the different flu vaccines
The flu is a dangerous virus, especially for vulnerable populations – the immune compromised, the young and the elderly. With COVID-19 in the mix, everyone is at increased risk for having both viruses at the same time. That is why it’s even more important this year to get your flu shot.
Jaqui Jones, MD, shared the different types of flu vaccinations available. She said the type of vaccination you get will depend on your age and whether or not you have an egg allergy. The four types of flu vaccinations are:
- High dose. This vaccination is for everyone 65 and older. Those over 65 need a better immune response to be protected against the flu provided by the high dose option.
- Egg allergy. Flu shots have egg protein in them. If you are allergic to egg protein, this vaccine is safe for you.
- Nasal spray. This option if available for those who may have a reason they cannot take the flu injection. This “flu mist” cannot be taken if you are pregnant, younger than two years old or in need of the high dose vaccine due to age or medical condition.
- Regular shot. This is the shot the majority of people receive without any issue.
The flu shot is designed to protect you against the flu. It does not mean that you will not get the flu, but it will decrease your risk, decrease the length of time you could be sick and decrease the severity of your symptoms.
“It helps your immune system turn on quicker and get better faster,” said Dr. Jones.
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