It’s time for Your Flu Shot

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M. Smith | Galena

“Everyone should get a flu shot, because of the illnesses that you can get from the flu,” said Pharmacist Steven Mayberry.
Mayberry said that the best time to get your flu shot is during September or October. The Centers for Disease Control, CDC, the peak time for the flu season in February.
He stated that it takes between two and four weeks for the shot to protect you from the flu.
The majority of insurances pay for the flu shot, even if you get it in the pharmacy. If you have Medicare or Medicaid it is free.
According to the CDC, influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different and the influenza infection can affect people differently. “Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.
There are several different flu vaccine options for the 2015-2016 flu season. Traditional flu vaccines are made to protect against three different viruses (called “trivalent” vaccines) and in addition, flu vaccines made to protect against four different flu viruses (called “quadrivalent” vaccines) also are available.
Trivalent flu vaccine protects against two influenza A viruses (an H1N1 and an H3N2) and an influenza B virus. The following trivalent flu vaccines are available:
Standard-dose trivalent shots that are manufactured using virus grown in eggs. There are several different flu shots of this type available, and they are approved for people of different ages. Some are approved for use in people as young as 6 months of age. Most flu shots are given with a needle. One standard dose trivalent shot also can be given with a jet injector, for persons aged 18 through 64 years.
A high-dose trivalent shot, approved for people 65 and older.
A trivalent shot containing virus grown in cell culture, which is approved for people 18 and older.
A recombinant trivalent shot that is egg-free, approved for people 18 years and older.
The quadrivalent flu vaccine protects against two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. The following quadrivalent flu vaccines are available:
A quadrivalent flu shot that is manufactured using virus grown in eggs. There are several different flu shots of this type available, and they are approved for people of different ages.
An intradermal quadrivalent shot, which is injected into the skin instead of the muscle and uses a much smaller needle than the regular flu shot. It is approved for people 18 through 64 years of age.

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