Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
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Fall 2018 flu vaccine clinics available

Fall 2018 flu vaccine clinics available

These include life-threatening allergic reactions to a previous dose of the flu vaccine or an ingredient in the vaccine.

But the CDC reports that there are several new things this season.

What is a flu shot made of?

Some of the age ranges for certain vaccines have been lowered and some vaccines were reformulated to better prevent now circulating viruses.

Berg said the nasal spray, called FluMist, was previously approved, but the recommendation was removed two years ago when the CDC's vaccines advisory committee received some data that questioned the nasal spray's effectiveness against the H1N1 strand. There are also a lot of other health constraints.

According to the CDC, "flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses that research suggests will be most common".

"It can however cause mild, short lasting side effects, but it doesn't give you the flu", she said, adding that there can be minor side effects such as a low-grade fever, aches, and soreness at the injection site.


No. Because flu vaccines don't contain an active virus, it's impossible to contract the illness from the vaccine itself.

Kaiser Permanente will open all seasonal flu clinics throughout Southern California on Saturday, Sept. 22, and urges all members to get their no-cost vaccinations early. But not for the reasons you might think. No appointment is necessary to get your shot.

To bring this number down, people who are more at risk to getting the flu, like the elderly, are advised to get high dosages of the shot. But this isn't because the vaccinations don't work for most people. "We are encouraging everyone to get a flu shot to protect themselves and their families, because it is hard to predict in advance how severe the flu season is going to be". Most regular-dose egg-based flu shots will be quadrivalent.

How long does a flu shot last?

Watson says everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible.

All LAIV vaccines will be quadrivalent, created to protect against four different flu viruses: two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. "The person either had contracted the flu virus prior to achieving immunity or is suffering from another illness having the same or similar symptoms as the flu".

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. You can also get one from your primary care doctor.

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