Sure, it’s sometimes inconvenient, or even unpleasant, to get a flu shot. But, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you can infect loved ones with the flu before you even start exhibiting symptoms. If you’re visiting family and friends this holiday, especially those in high-risk groups such as adults over 65, show them you love them by getting vaccinated. Next week is the CDC’s National Influenza Vaccination Week, the perfect time to get it done.
Due to concerns about effectiveness, the CDC is not recommending the flu nasal spray this year. The recommended vaccines for the 2016-17 flu season include:
- Traditional Flu Shot: approved for everyone 6 months or older, administered via needle usually to the upper arm or thigh.
- Intradermal Flu Shot: an alternative to the traditional flu shot using a much shorter and thinner needle, approved for everyone aged 18-64 years.
- High-Dose Flu Shot: approved for use in adults age 65 years and older. This vaccine contains a higher concentration of vaccine and is intended to create a stronger immune response.
- Flu Vaccine with Adjuvant: a new type approved for adults 65 years and older. According to a CDC report, this vaccine contains an adjuvant, which is an ingredient that helps create a stronger immune response to vaccination.
Use the HealthMap Vaccine Finder for the nearest location that has your vaccine of choice. And once you’ve gotten your shot, spread the word about the importance of getting vaccinated on social media. Post a pic with the hashtag #FightFlu to join others and showcase your community’s commitment to health. It’s the best gift to give your loved ones this year.
Want more information on the flu? Visit CALA’s previous blog post, What to Do to Prevent the Flu, for more tips on flu prevention and how to care for someone who becomes sick.