Getting a flu vaccine is a must for everyone who is 6 months or older. When a person gets flu vaccines on a seasonal basis, they become far more protected from the flu virus. Flu vaccines are available in the form of nasal sprays and flu shots. The vaccines for 2013 and 2014 are available in the market easily. Therefore, everyone should get vaccinated.
A person who is at a greater risk of developing complications as a result of flu should especially get vaccinated. There are certain side effects to the flu vaccinations though. These include headaches, fever, and soreness. While these are extremely mild, certain people can also develop severe reactions such as hive, facial swelling, or difficulty in breathing. When the side effects are severe, a person should visit the doctor immediately.
Traditional Flu Shot
A traditional flu shot is the most common type of flu shot that everyone usually gets. This flu shot is injected into the muscle. The shot contains flu virus particles that promote anti-flu immunity. So when you get a traditional flu shot, you will not be affected by the virus.
High Dose Flu Shot
A high dose flu shot is not for all ages. People over 65 years of age are given this type of flu shot. This shot activates the anti-flu immune system in less time and contains a higher dose of the same ingredients that are in a traditional flu shot. People in older age tend to get affected with a hint of virus and the impact of virus on their system is much higher. That’s why they need a high dose to stay safe from flu that may cause their death in worst case scenario.
Egg Free Flu Shot
The flu virus injected in a flu shot is grown inside eggs. As evident by the name, egg-free flu shots contain a flu virus not grown in an egg. It is made for people who are allergic to eggs.
Intradermal Flu Shot
An intradermal flu shot has the same ingredients as a traditional flu shot but it is not injected into the muscle. A traditional flu shot might be painful for some people because the needle used for injecting the vaccine is thick. In an intradermal flu shot, the needle is relatively thin and it does not go into the muscle but is injected under the skin.
Nasal Spray Flu Shot
A nasal spray is also used to prevent flu virus and is only approved for ages 2 – 49. This type of flu shot contains a live and weakened flu virus.
At Circle Urgent Care, medical experts and doctors are responsible to give the most effective flu shot to patients in the flu season.