More Options Available For Flu Vaccines

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All the coughing and sneezing of flu season is enough to make your head spin. And, so will this.

There are at least a handful of options for flu vaccines this year - more than we've ever had. 

There are vaccines that come in the form of shots and nasal injections, vaccines that protect against three strains of the flu, and others that protect against four. 

WFMY News 2 went to some of our local doctors to find out why there are so many options. 

"There are a lot of presentations so that it's available to more people," said Felicia Stewart, immunization program manager for the Forsyth County Health Department. "More people will get the flu vaccine, and you have more protection."

The Forsyth County Department of Public Health Department explained some of the flu shot options to WFMY News 2 Wednesday:

Quadrivalent shot: Protects you from four strains of the flu. It's safe for anyone ages six months and older.

Intradermal flu shot: Offers people who don't like needles a fairly painless shot. It's a small needle that injects the vaccine just below the skin. For people ages 18 to 64. 

High-dose flu shot: For people ages 65 and older. It's a higher dosage because immune systems weaken as we age. 

Flu Mist: Offers patients the flu vaccine through their nose. That's for anyone ages 2 to 49.

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And, with these and several other options, local health officials say there's no reason not to get your flu shots. 

"So, it's a good idea to get it," said Stewart. "To protect yourself and to protect those around you because, if you're not carrying the flu virus, then you can't give it to those around you, including your children, your coworkers, your family members." 

For information on where to get your flu shots locally, visit the Guilford, Forsyth or other county health department websites. 

WFMY News 2

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