Flu Vaccine

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Types of Flu Vaccine:

Flu Shot: The flu shot is made up of in-activated  (dead) flu virus.  This is administered by injection in the arm.  The flu shot can be given to people 6 months of age and older.  Your provider will help you to determine if you meet the criteria for safe administration.

Flu Mist: The flu mist is a weakened  (live) virus that is inhaled through the nose.  The flu mist can be given to people who are 2 years-49 years, not pregnant and healthy.  Your provider will help you to determine if you meet the criteria for safe administration. 

Who should be vaccinated?

Per CDC guidelines the following individuals SHOULD be vaccinated each year:

  • Children ages 6 months up to their 19th birthday
  • Pregnant women
  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including: health care workers, household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu, household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

Who should not be vaccinated?

Per CDC guidelines the following individuals SHOULD NOT be vaccinated: 

  • People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs
  • People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccinations previously
  • People who have developed Guillain -Barre syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccination
  • Children less than 6 months of age
  • People who have a moderate to severe illness with fever (they should obtain vaccination after they have recovered from their illness)

What possible side effects might I expect?

Flu Shot: Side effects may include:  pain at the injection sight, redness or swelling, low grade fever and body aches.  All symptoms should be mild and resolve within 24-48 hours.

Flu Mist: Side effects may include: runny nose, wheezing, headache, vomiting, muscle aches and fever.  All symptoms should be mild and resolve within 24-48 hours.