Flu season is different every year, and it’s important to make sure you’re ready.
Even the healthiest people can get very sick from influenza because it affects everyone differently and you can be exposed to so many people in the populated New York area. So what can you do to prevent getting the flu? Look into getting the flu shot.
The flu shot reduces your chances of getting the flu, minimizes the symptoms if you do get sick, and helps prevent spreading the flu virus to others. The CDC recommends that everyone age six months or older get vaccinated. However, the flu shot is particularly important for:
People with the following chronic medical conditions should also strongly consider getting the flu vaccine:
Consult your physician prior to getting a flu vaccine if you have had a negative reaction to a previous vaccine, are allergic to eggs or mercury, or have a fever.
There are a few different options for the flu vaccine:
High-Dose Flu Vaccine – Due to a weakened immune system, the regular flu vaccine isn’t effective for people 65 or older. The FDA approved a high-dose flu vaccine, which contains four times the amount of antigens as there are in a normal-dose flu vaccine.
Trivalent Flu Vaccine – This is considered to be the “regular flu vaccine.” It protects against two influenza A viruses (an H1N1 and an H3N2) and an influenza B virus.
Intradermal Flu Shot – The intradermal flu shot is exactly like the trivalent flu vaccine except the needle is 90 percent smaller than those used in a traditional flu shot.
Nasal Spray Vaccine – People with no chronic medical conditions, who are not pregnant, and who are between two and 49 years of age are also eligible for the nasal spray form of the flu vaccine
Contact your physician if you’re interested in getting a flu shot.