Flu Shots: What You Need to Know

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As fall approaches, so does cold and flu season. Avoid those dreaded body aches and chills and this year by scheduling your flu shot early!

Some things to know about this year's flu shot:

  • The nasal spray version, FluMist, is not available this year – much to the chagrin of needle-haters everywhere. Experts found that FluMist was only three percent effective against the flu, compared to the traditional vaccine, which is 63 percent effective.

  • The US Centers for Disease Control says the shot has been updated to matter match anticipated viruses.

  • The flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months and older – and you should get it before the end of October.

  • Recommendations have changed for people with egg allergies. Now, it is fine to get a flu shot if your only reaction to eggs is hives. If you have other symptoms such as respiratory distress, you can still get the shot, but should do it in a medical setting.

  • High-dose injections are on the market this year for people over age 65. These are intended to build a stronger immunity against the flu.

Call your doctor to schedule your flu shot today!