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Types of flu shot
Older adults may receive a high-dose version of the flu shot.
Flu shots are available in two doses: standard and high-dose. People under age 65 typically receive a standard dose vaccine. The high-dose version of the shot is recommended for people age 65 and older.
Most flu shots are trivalent, which means they contain three strains of flu. Newer vaccines are being developed with four strains, known as quadrivalent shots. Both are considered safe and effective, and the CDC recommend getting whichever type is available.
An intradermal shot is available for those who have a fear of needles. It uses a needle that is 90 percent smaller than the standard shot and is injected just under the skin instead of into the muscle. It is approved for people aged 18 to 64.
Although a nasal spray version of the flu shot has been available in recent years, a CDC vaccine advisory group reported that it is not effective and in the 2016-17 flu season.
Egg allergies and the flu shot
Most flu shots contain a small amount of egg protein. Egg-free shots are available for those with severe egg allergies.
that people who are allergic to eggs can receive the flu shot without problems.
How health affects the flu shot
The flu shot seems to work better in adults and older children. People over the age of 65 tend to have weaker immune systems, and the shot may be less effective for them. Children under the age of 2 and people with long-term health conditions may also have a lower response to the shot and receive less protection.
Experts still say that the shot offers some protection and should be recommended for these groups, especially because they are most likely to suffer serious complications from the flu.
The common cold is often considered the leading cause of physician office visits and absences from work and school. Typically, 1 billion colds occur annually, which makes colds 1 of the top 5 illnesses diagnosed in the United States.According to the National Center of Health Statistics, an estimated 20 million days of school and 22 million days of work are lost due to the common cold each year
We offer the flu shot
The flu shot helps the body's immune system fight off the flu before a person gets sick.
It contains weakened or inactivate flu viruses that make the body think it is being infected without causing illness. These viruses tell the immune system to make special proteins called antibodies.
The body stores these antibodies and can use them to fight off a future flu infection. As a result, a person who gets the shot may be able to avoid the flu completely, or only get a mild case.