Don’t let the warm weather fool you…flu season is just around the corner.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the flu virus is constantly changing, so it is important to get vaccinated every year.
The New York State Department of Health says the “flu” or seasonal influenza is a respiratory viral infection that affects the entire body. The flu can easily be spread from person to person.
The earlier the better when getting an annual flu vaccine. The New York State Department of Health says early October through December is the best time to get vaccinated, since it takes about two weeks for protection from the virus to develop.
The CDC report that there are two types of vaccinations: The first is the Inactivated Influenza Vaccine (TIV). TIV is administered by injection and uses killed viruses--a type of vaccine that will not cause the flu. Children and adults six months to forty-nine years old can be administered this vaccine.
The CDC reports FluMist is the second type of flu vaccination that uses the Live, Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIV). FluMist is an intranasal spray, which has recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for non-pregnant, two to forty-nine-year-olds.