Sept. 12, 2013
It's time to start thinking about flu season. This year Americans have more options than ever when it comes to protecting against influenza.
Several varieties of vaccines are available for the first time this flu season. Some new flu vaccines come in shots and nasal sprays and can protect against multiple strains of influenza.
According to USA Today, the quadrivalent vaccine protects against four strains of the flu virus. Usually vaccines only protect against three strains. This new vaccine is also available in nasal spray, which is approved for those ages two to 49. The shot form of the quadrivalent vaccine is approved for anyone over six months.
Another option for those with an aversion to needles is the intradermal vaccine. USA Today reports the shorter needles penetrate just the skin, unlike traditional shots which go into the muscle. The intradermal vaccine also contain a lower does, causing fewer reactions.
For many people with egg allergies flu vaccines are problematic because there are made from egg cultures. According to USA Today the new recombinant flu vaccine is egg free, and is created from part of the flu virus. The shots are approved for people ages 18 to 49.
Another egg-free option are new cell-cultured vaccines. USA Today reports that this year, for the first time, some flu vaccines will be made from viruses grown in animal cells, but they are only approved for those over 18.
Regardless of the type of vaccine, the CDC recommend everyone over the age of six months get vaccinated.
Click on the link below to find where you can get a flu shot