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Q: Who should get an influenza vaccine?

Posted October 16, 2013 in Advice Column, Grimes

A: It is recommended that all people aged 6 months and older receive a flu vaccination. It is important to remember you must receive either the flu shot or nasal mist every year in order to be protected. This year there is a new version of the vaccine available. The flu vaccine usually contains three strains of vaccine, but new this year there is an option of a four-strain vaccine. This version adds an additional type B strain that is not found in the traditional three-strain vaccine. This may give better coverage depending on the strains that end up circulating during the flu season. Since the four-strain was just FDA approved recently, the availability will be limited this year.

Some tips to remember going into the influenza season include avoid close contact with people who are sick with influenza, stay home and away from others when you are sick, cover your mouth or nose with a tissue when you sneeze or sneeze into your elbow, wash your hands frequently and get your yearly influenza vaccination. Influenza vaccines are now available, so make sure to visit you physician or Hy-Vee Drugstore to get yours today.

Answer provided by Hy-Vee Drugstore, 1541 S.E. Third St., Suite 100, 986-4527.

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