About the Flu Vaccine

Get protection from flu with new thinner vaccine needle

Fluzone®Intradermal vaccine uses an ultra-thin needle that is less than one tenth the length of the standard needles used for traditional flu shots. Fluzone Intradermal does not contain preservatives. It is used to help prevent types A and B flu in persons 18 through 64 years of age.

What is intradermal vaccination?

The shorter needle used in intradermal vaccination delivers the vaccine into the outer layer of skin rather than deeper into the muscle. This layer of skin contains a high concentration of specialized cells that help the body create an immunity to viruses. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website has more information about the Fluzone Intradermal flu vaccine and information about the upcoming flu season.

Nasal spray vaccine not recommended for 2016-17 flu season

The CDC recommends that the nasal spray flu vaccine should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season. This advice is based on information from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), immunization experts who advise the CDC. ACIP experts say the nasal spray vaccine has not effectively protected people from the influenza virus for the past three flu seasons. The CDC, therefore, recommends that children ages six months and above and adults receive the Fluzone® vaccine injection this flu season for the best protection.

How Do I Know If It’s a Cold or the Flu?

Some symptoms of the common cold and the flu are similar. But with the flu you usually feel much sicker. Many people say they felt like they were hit by a truck when they had the flu.

Fluzone High-Dose influenza vaccine for seniors

Fluzone High-Dose is a flu vaccine that is made for people 65 years or older. This vaccine contains four times the amount of virus-fighting substances contained in regular flu shots.

Why do older adults need a higher dose vaccine?

As we age, our immune systems weaken and are less able to fight viruses like the flu. This puts older people at greater risk of severe complications from the flu. The higher dose of vaccine in the Fluzone High-Dose shot is designed to give older people better protection against flu.

Possible reactions to the flu vaccine

It’s a myth that the flu shot can give you the flu. But you can experience some minor flu-like symptoms after getting a flu shot. The most common reactions include:

  • Redness at the injection site
  • Swelling, pain and itching at the injection site
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Feeling tired
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