What’s New With The Flu

What’s New With The Flu

by Posted on: October 13, 2017Categories: LiveWell 24/7   

It’s that time of year again: flu season. The highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses is entering its peak season, beginning in late October and lasting into the spring. Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect you and your family.

Most insurance plans cover the flu shot for free or with a small copay. Check your carrier’s website for guidelines on where you can get a shot and how much it will cost. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control offers free flu shots for those who are uninsured or have a plan that does not cover the cost of the shot. CVS Pharmacy, Publix, and Target all provide flu shots as well, just make sure to bring your insurance card.

A few things are new this season:

  1. The nasal spray flu vaccine is NOT recommended this year. Only injectable vaccines should be used this season.
  2. Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses (the influenza A(H1N1) component was updated).
  3.  Pregnant women may receive any licensed, recommended, and age-appropriate flu vaccine.
  4. The age recommendation for “Flulaval Quadrivalent” has been changed from 3 years to 6 months and older.

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