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As we move into the fall season, the Nat

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As we move into the fall season, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are back with a familiar message to get your annual flu vaccination. It used to be, your vaccination had to be in the form of a shot, but today, you have options.
Last year, fewer than 50 percent of Americans made an appointment for the flu vaccine, but now with more options available than ever, it’s time to change that statistic. Here are your options:
1 .Intradermal shot
The intradermal shot, called Fluzone ID, uses a shorter needle, and therefore results in little discomfort. Although no shot is pain free, all of them can cause soreness and redness at the injection sight for a couple of days following the injection, the intradermal is the least invasive.
2. Nasal Spray
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices typically declines to give preferential vaccination recommendations, but for the first time ever, they’ve released a statement saying the nasal spray vaccine, called FluMist, has been proven to be more effective than a shot for children age two to eight. (As long as you’re under 50 years old and not pregnant or asthmatic, you can get it along with your kids—it’s quadrivalent, which means it protects against four strains of flu rather than the usual three, and is pain-free.)
3. Recombinant or cell-based shot
If you are allergic to eggs, ask your healthcare professional about a recombinant or cell-based shot. These types are created using viruses grown using DNA technology (Flublok) or animal cells (Flucelvax) respectively, not hens’ eggs like the traditional shot. That means they’re safe for those with severe egg allergies.


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