Why is the flu vaccine different for different ages?

Is the flu jab the same for all ages?

adults aged 18 to 64 are offered an injectable vaccine. It is an inactivated vaccine that does not contain any live viruses and cannot give you flu. There are different types available depending on how they were manufactured. adults aged 65 and over are offered an injected vaccine.

What is different about the over 65 flu shot?

The bottom line

High-dose flu vaccines are one of several options for influenza vaccination for people over 65 years old. This vaccine contains a higher amount of the dead flu virus than the regular dose flu vaccine. This helps older adults’ immune systems react better to the vaccine, giving them better protection.

What is the incubation period for flu?

The incubation period of influenza is 2 days long on average but may range from 1 to 4 days in length.

What are the side effects of the senior flu shot?

High Dose and Adjuvanted Flu Vaccine Side Effects

Side effects can include pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, headache, muscle ache and malaise, and typically resolve with 1 to 3 days.

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Are there different types of flu shots for seniors?

If You’re Age 65 and Older

The choices include the regular flu shot (standard dose of the trivalent), the high-dose flu shot (double dose of trivalent), the quadrivalent flu shot (a new four-strain version) and the egg-free shot called Flucelvax.

When should a senior citizen get a flu shot?

The CDC recommends that everyone six months and older who isn’t contraindicated get an annual flu vaccination by the end of October when influenza activity typically begins increasing. For people over 65, getting the shot each year in September or October is especially important.

How long do flu droplets stay in the air?

Flu viruses can survive as droplets in the air for hours and on surfaces for up to a day but can only survive on tissues for 15 minutes (4). Bearing this in mind, if you do catch the flu: Use tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

Will I get the flu if my husband has it?

Person-to-person transmission of the flu can happen when an infected person is talking, coughing, sneezing, or even just breathing near someone else. The virus can be transmitted through the air to anyone within six feet, so the easiest way to avoid getting sick is to keep your distance.

Can you be around someone with the flu?

The flu is a very contagious virus. An infected person often becomes contagious, or capable of spreading the virus to other people, even before they begin to show symptoms. Also, it’s possible to spread flu germs to others for up to seven days after becoming ill.

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