Quick Answer: Is The Flu Shot The Same For All Ages?

How long does flu shot last?

How long does immunity from influenza vaccine last.

Protection from influenza vaccine is thought to persist for at least 6 months.

Protection declines over time because of waning antibody levels and because of changes in circulating influenza viruses from year to year..

Is it too late to get a flu shot?

The answer? No, it’s not too late. “In the northern hemisphere, the CDC recommends getting vaccinated between early September and late October. The flu virus is around all year, but it spreads more easily from September through the spring, generally peaking between December and February.”

Is the 2020 flu shot safe?

Getting the annual flu vaccine is a safe, effective way to prevent the flu. The vaccine causes your body to develop antibodies to several strains of the influenza virus. These antibodies help protect your body against infection. Many strains of the influenza virus exist.

Are all flu shots the same?

Are all influenza vaccines the same? All influenza vaccines contain antigen derived from the same influenza viruses, with the one difference being that trivalent vaccines have 3 different antigens and quadrivalent vaccines have four different antigens (the same three that are in the trivalent vaccines, plus one more).

What is the difference between the regular flu shot and the over 65 flu shot?

Results from a clinical trial of more than 30,000 participants showed that adults 65 years and older who received the high dose vaccine had 24% fewer influenza illnesses as compared to those who received the standard dose flu vaccine. The high dose vaccine has been approved for use in the United States since 2009.

Are there different flu shots for 2020?

For the 2020-2021 flu season, providers may choose to administer any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine (IIV, RIV4, or LAIV4) with no preference for any one vaccine over another. Vaccine options this season include: Standard dose flu shots. High-dose shots for people 65 years and older.

What month do flu shots become available?

People should begin getting vaccinated soon after the 2020 flu vaccine becomes available on April 1st, to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating in the community, it’s not too late to get vaccinated.

Are there 2 different flu shots this year?

For 2020-2021, all flu vaccines except one are quadrivalent. The only trivalent flu vaccine available this year is Fluad, an adjuvant vaccine for people aged 65+. (Confusingly, Fluad is available this year in both trivalent and quadrivalent forms.)

Is it OK to get a flu shot at a pharmacy?

If you have insurance, you can get a discounted or free flu shot almost anywhere, including local pharmacies, chain pharmacies and your primary care doctor’s office.

Which flu shot is best 2020?

Flu Vaccine Options in 2020 The most commonly available flu vaccine, and the one recommended for most people, is called the quadrivalent flu vaccine. That “quad” in the name refers to the four flu virus strains the vaccine is designed to control: two influenza A viruses, and two influenza B viruses.

How well is the flu shot working in 2020?

When the viruses in the vaccine are a good match with what’s circulating, the vaccine can reduce your risk of having the flu by 40%-60%. And even when the match isn’t great, being vaccinated before you get the flu can help you avoid having a severe case.

Are there different flu shots for different age groups?

There are different types of flu shots, and some are specific for certain age groups. If you’re a senior and considering getting a flu shot this season, chances are your doctor will recommend a flu shot designed specifically for people ages 65 and older, such as a high-dose vaccine or adjuvanted flu vaccine.

Why does flu season end?

Why flu season is in the fall and winter “The virus survives better in cool, dry temperatures,” Simanek said. And that’s thanks to a protective gel-like coating that surrounds the flu virus while it’s in the air. The flu is an airborne infectious disease.