Public Health Solutions offers tips on flu vaccines

Public Health Solutions offers tips on flu vaccines

More than 80 percent of doses are created to protect against four flu strains.

There are, of course, several things wrong with the idea that vaccines cause the illnesses they are manufactured to prevent.

Avoid close contact with sick people. Other formulation flu vaccines are not available using the VA Walgreens program. The flu vaccine is a preventive service under the Affordable Care Act, so it's fully covered and available at no cost through most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B.

The vaccines contain a variety of other ingredients, ranging from egg proteins to antibiotics to formaldehyde (in trace amounts that won't endanger your health).

For those paying cash, pharmacies generally charge $20 to $45 per shot, but the price can vary based on which drugstore you visit.

Though you may still get some side effects: runny nose, a sore throat or a cough those symptoms are limited and not the actual flu.

All parents have to do is fill out a form and accompany their child to get vaccinated. "It is particularly important for pregnant women, young children, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions, because people in those groups are at a greater risk of severe complications if they do get the flu".

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The good news is many people don't have to pay anything. Given that last year's flu season was so bad, public health officials are recommending that everyone get a version of the flu vaccine this year.

"Children who need two doses of vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner, because the two doses must be given at least four weeks apart". But officials warn that it's still better to get a flu shot than risk getting the flu without one.

Five companies make flu vaccine for the USA market.

How long does a flu shot last?

The CDC is recommending everyone 6 months old and older get a flu vaccination. First, the body's immune response from vaccination declines over time, so an annual vaccine is needed for optimal protection.

One reason so many are flocking to get the shot is the knowledge of last year's flu season-which according to the CDC had flu levels that were the highest observed since 2009.

There is also a nasal mist available for ages two to 49.

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