It's flu vaccine time!

Posted on October 3, 2018 15:02 pm CDT

With age comes a great many things: wisdom, maturity, beauty... and also a weaker immune system. This places adults over the age of 65 at greater risk for severe complications from influenza. 

Prevention is an important step in keeping healthy this flu season, and getting a flu vaccine is crucial. 

 

                                                 Quadrivalent                                                     Trivalent

 

Protection                                2 influenza A viruses + 2 B viruses                   2 influenza A viruses + 1 B virus

                                                (broader protection with both B viruses)

 

Vaccine Types                         Standard shot- age 6 months & above             

 

Flu Season                               In the US, flu activity peaks in January and February, but can begin as early as October and continue as late

                                                 as May. Vaccines take about 2 weeks to build immunity in the body.

 

Safety                                      Flu vaccines are safe. Vaccine viruses used are inactivated (killed) or weakened and cannot cause influenza.

 

Effectiveness                           60% less likely to need treatment for flu after getting vaccinated. Also, reduces other illnesses, antibiotic use,

                                                 time off work, hospitalizations, and deaths.

 

Side Effects                              Soreness, redness or swelling where the shot was given; fever (low grade), aches

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