This information has been reviewed and approved by Rozine Angbanzan, MPH, Infection Preventionist (September 2019).
Get the 411 on Flu Vaccines
Get Vaccinated and Prevent the Spread of Infection
Standard Flu Shot
Infants > 6 months
Egg-Free Flu Shot
Vaccine produced without eggs.
Severe egg allergic adults
Ages 18 and older
“Needle-Free” Flu Shot
Uses needle-free jet injector.
Anyone afraid of needles
Approved for ages 18-64
Nasal Spray Flu Shot
CDC does not recommend the nasal spray this flu season due to poor effectiveness in the past two seasons.
High-Dose Flu Shot
Helps people over 65 have a stronger immune response to the vaccine.
Age 65 or older
Up to 20% of the U.S. will get the flu
Flu viruses circulate year-round, not just in fall and winter
The flu vaccine does not cause the flu illness- cough and cold season is usually to blame if you get sick
It takes about 2 weeks for the flu vaccine to take effect and offer protection
Immunity declines over time, so a yearly flu shot is recommended
Flu is mostly spread from coughing and sneezing
Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, sinus infections, and worsening of asthma
Clean your hands often with soap and water
Use sanitizer when soap and water are not available
Don’t touch your face- this is the easiest way for germs to get into your body
Studies show that smiling can help boost your immune system
Eating healthy, balanced meals can strengthen your immune system
Exercise boosts your immune system and speeds recovery from illness
Stay home for a full 24 hours after your fever goes away
Get vaccinated for protection against the flu
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