While vaccine effectiveness can vary from year to year, recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) studies show that flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness between 40 and 60 percent when vaccines are well-matched against the circulating influenza strains. Influenza activity starts to increase in October and November.
The age recommendation for Afluria Quadrivalent, an inactivated influenza vaccine, was changed from 18 years and older to 5 years and older.
The vaccine, which is also available as a mist, is recommended for adults of all ages and children 6 months and older, she said. "This shot has triple the antigens in it, so it gives a better immune response to the flu", Aigner said.
In addition, after the Walgreens pharmacist administers the vaccine, Walgreens will transmit that information securely to VA where it becomes part of the patient's electronic medical record.
Though you may still get some side effects: runny nose, a sore throat or a cough those symptoms are limited and not the actual flu.
Reed said the vaccine contains viruses that have been "inactivated" and thus can't cause influenza.
The VA immunizations available at Walgreens use quadrivalent flu vaccine.
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It's also recommended that pregnant women get a flu vaccine during any trimester of their pregnancy.
Dr. Frank Rhame, an infectious disease specialist with Allina Health, appeared on KARE-TV to talk about the flu and what we can expect this year. More than 80 percent of doses are created to protect against four flu strains.
While most individuals may be OK to get a vaccine, some with certain preexisting health conditions and allergies to the vaccine itself may want to look for alternatives.
Some school districts, such as in Palm Beach County, have already started social media campaigns to spread awareness of the coming flu season and have begun programs to offer shots for children.
If you haven't yet received any pneumococcal vaccine you should get the Prevnar 13 first, followed by Pneumovax 23 six to 12 months later.
According to the CDC, people who become sick after they get vaccinated were either exposed to the virus before the vaccine took effect or were exposed to a virus the vaccine wasn't created to protect against. But the CDC counsels that children are a special concern.