It’s Time for Your Flu Shot!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone over the age of six months receive a flu shot. It takes two weeks for the flu vaccine to start providing protection.

Vaccine Protection:
Flu vaccines are designed to protect against influenza viruses that experts predict will be the most common during the coming season. This vaccine is available for individuals six months through 64 years. For 2016-2017, three-component vaccines (trivalents) are recommended to contain:

Four component vaccines (quadrivalents) are recommended to include the same three viruses above, plus an additional B virus called B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata lineage).

High-Dose Vaccine:
Fluzone high-dose vaccine is available this year for patients 65 and older. It contains the three flu strains most likely to cause illness for the current flu season. This vaccine contains four times the amount of antigen of regular flu shots, boosting the immune response in older patients.

FluMist is not recommended by the CDC this year.

For more information on CDC recommendations, visit the Flu Basics Index. To schedule your flu shot at the Apple Valley Medical Center, call 952-432-6161 today for an appointment.

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