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All About Flu Shots

With unlimited resources at our fingertips, it’s difficult finding relevant and reliable information on the internet – that’s why we’ve compiled everything you need to know about flu shots.

You can usually find a website to support just about anything. Is Big Foot real? Sure is, according to several sites out there. (Who knew?!) Finding trustworthy information, especially when it comes to medical advice, can become a chore. So to make this process less painful, we have included all the important info here, such as; what you need to know about this year’s flu shots, common flu shot myths & facts, as well as some words of wisdom from our trusted CDC.

Oprah Flu Shots Meme

What’s new with flu shots this year?

1. The three flu strains that the CDC believes will be the most common during each flu season change every year. These three strains are what make up the flu shot vaccine, and this year include:

· A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus

· A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus

· B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (B/Victoria lineage)

2. The nasal spray vaccine, live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), is not recommended by the CDC this year due to concerns about its effectiveness.

When should I get my flu shot?

There is some controversy this year around this topic. For most people, the CDC recommends you get your flu shot by the end of October. For the elderly with weakened immune systems, some articles support getting your flu shot later in the season, after Halloween. For most of us though, the sooner you get it the quicker it will start working (find out just how long it takes).

What are my flu shot options?

Pregnant? Have a 2 year old or an elderly parent? We outline your flu shot options here.

I’ve heard I can get the flu from a flu shot – is this true?

This is a common question people ask every year. Get the answer in this article and find out why some people may feel sick after their shot.

Still have some unanswered questions?

Check out the resources below for more flu-related info:

Top 5 Places to Get Flu Informationdog-with-flu

Preventing Seasonal Flu with Vaccination

Frequently Asked Flu Questions 2016-2017 Influenza Season

Already know everything about the flu-shot?

Check out some funny flu shot meme’s.

 

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