Different Ways of Getting Vaccinated for the Flu?

There are two types of vaccines, the flu shot and the nasal spray.

  • The flu shot is:
    • Made with inactivated (killed) flu virus
    • Approved for use in healthy or chronically ill people
    • Approved for use in people older than 6 months
    • Available in 3 types:
      • Regular; for people 6 months and older
      • High-dose; for people 65 and older
      • Intradermal (given with a small needle injected into the skin); for people 18 to 64
  • The nasal spray is:
    • Made with weakened live flu virus
    • Given with a mist sprayed in your nose
    • Approved for healthy people 2 to 49
    • Not approved for pregnant women

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