What to Expect
As the flu virus is constantly evolving, getting your flu vaccination every year is highly recommended, especially for the individuals listed as follows:
- Persons above 65 years of age
- Adults with chronic conditions of the heart and lung, including asthma
- Diabetic patients
- Children between the age of 6 months to below 5 years old
- Frequent travellers
- Pregnant ladies
Quadrivalent (4 strains) flu vaccines include:
- Quadrivalent flu shots approved for use in different age groups, including children as young as 6 months.
- An intradermal quadrivalent flu shot, which is injected into the skin instead of the muscle and uses a much smaller needle than the regular flu shot. It is approved for people 18 through 64 years of age.
- A quadrivalent flu shot containing virus grown in cell culture, which is approved for people 4 years of age and older.
- A recombinant quadrivalent flu shot approved for people 18 years of age and older, including pregnant women (new this season).