What you need to know about the flu shot

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Influenza (flu) vaccines, often referred to as “flu shots,” serve as a shield against the four influenza viruses expected to be prevalent in the upcoming season. Typically administered via a needle in the arm, these vaccines are designed to safeguard individuals from the most common flu strains. Additionally, there’s an option for a nasal spray flu vaccine as well.

In the United States, the flu season usually starts in October, and peaks around January/February. With this month marking the start of the flu season, here is everything you need to know about the flu shot:

Is there more than one type of flu shot available?

Yes. There are different flu vaccine manufacturers and multiple flu vaccines that are licensed and recommended for use in the United States. Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent vaccine, Flublok Quadrivalent recombinant flu vaccine and Fluad Quadrivalent adjuvanted flu vaccine.

There are many flu vaccine options to choose from, but the most important thing is for all people 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine every year. If you have questions about which vaccine is best for you, talk to your doctor or other health care professional.

Who should and who should not get a flu vaccine?

Everyone 6 months and older in the United States should get an influenza (flu) vaccine every season with rare exception.

Vaccination to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications is particularly important for people who are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications. Different influenza (flu) vaccines are approved for use in people in different age groups. In addition, some vaccines are not recommended for certain groups of people. Factors that can determine a person’s suitability for vaccination, or vaccination with a particular vaccine, include a person’s age, health (current and past) and any allergies to flu vaccine or its components.

How effective is the seasonal flu shot?

While vaccine effectiveness (VE) can vary, recent studies show that flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60% among the overall population during flu season. The flu shot is particularly life-saving among children. A 2022 study showed that flu vaccination reduced children’s risk of severe life-threatening influenza by 75%.

Where can I get a flu shot?

Flu vaccines are administered at most clinics and health care facilities. If you are located in Florida, Medix Urgent Care Center offers the flu shot year-round at a cost of only $30!