Flu Shots for 2016/17 – What has Changed?

It’s the beginning of flu season, and in order to avoid a high fever, severe aches and a nasty cough, a flu shot could help patients lessen their symptoms or avoid them all together. Since the flu virus is always evolving, scientists are making important changes to how the vaccine is made.

Major Changes to the Flu Shot in 2016

With continued research and data from previous flu seasons, scientists have made some important steps forward.

Only Injectable Shots are Recommended

Over the past several flu seasons, the nasal spray vaccinations did not offer sufficient protection against the main strains of the influenza virus. Because of this, it is recommended that only shots are administered.

Vaccines are Updated to Better Fight Circulating Viruses

Researchers have identified three of the most potentially prevalent forms of the flu virus for late 2016 and early 2017. Most vaccines will offer protection against:

Different Recommendations for Those With Egg Allergies

For anyone with egg allergies, recommendations for administering the flu shot depends on symptoms suffered from the allergy. If only hives are experienced after exposure to egg, that person can receive the flu vaccine.

For anyone whose egg allergy causes angioedema (swelling of deep skin tissue,) difficulty breathing, or emergency intervention of any kind, a shot must be administered in a medical setting with a professional who is trained to recognize signs of allergic reaction and distress.

Who Needs a Flu Shot?

Everyone over six months old should get the a flu shot. But, it is especially important for certain groups to get the shot:

In addition, anyone with the following conditions should receive a flu shot:

If you have any questions regarding the flu or flu shot, or if you would like to make an appointment, call Dekalb Women’s Specialists at (404) 508-2000.

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/flu/in-depth/flu-shots/art-20048000
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/how-fluvaccine-made.htm
http://www.emedicinehealth.com/flu_in_adults/page3_em.htm#what_are_symptoms_and_signs_of_flu_in_adults
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2016-2017.htm
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/immunizations/Pages/Prepare-Your-Family-for-Flu-Season.aspx
http://www.cdc.gov/features/pregnancyandflu/
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0066312

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