Although the focus is on the COVID-19 vaccine, don’t forget to also get your flu shot — it’s important, an expert says.
“In the United States, it is recommended that everyone over the age of 6 months be vaccinated against the flu, and there are many vaccines available that will fit your need based on age and other important risk factors,” Dr. Pedro Piedra says.
He is a professor of molecular virology and microbiology and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
Last year’s flu season was very mild, probably due to masking and social distancing to prevent COVID-19.
But, now that these guidelines have been eased, this year’s flu season could look quite different.
What you should know about flu shots
According to Piedra:
- All flu vaccines this season contain four components to protect against seasonal influenza viruses.
- Children under 9 who have never had a flu shot should get two doses four weeks apart.
- Because babies under 6 months cannot get the flu shot, everyone in the household should be vaccinated to protect them.
- Pregnant women should get vaccinated at any time to protect themselves and their fetus. Breastfeeding also will offer a level of protection.
- Adults over 65 should get a high-dose or adjuvanted flu vaccine. An adjuvant is an ingredient that helps promote a better immune response.
- Children who are afraid of shots and those with life-threatening egg allergies can get the nasal vaccine, FluMist. FluMist is approved for those between the ages of 2 and 49. It’s not, however, recommended for