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More Flu Vaccine Choices Available This Year

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You can now get up to four flu vaccines, three are shots, one is a nasal mist. Flu shot clinics are already getting underway around the Truckee Meadows and with the new choices, you may have to decide which flu vaccine is right for you or your family members.

The Washoe County Health District has no reported case of the flu yet. They say the high season for the flu in northern Nevada is between January and March. Lori Mitchell is manager of Hometown Health's Health Resource Center at Renown. She says fall is the perfect time to get a flu shot. "The fall season is the flu shot season-- as we call it. We're preparing for when the flu hits the Truckee Meadows here around the third week in January each year," she said. 

This year there are several choices of flu shot, depending on your age and health. The usual shot named the Trivalent protects against three stains of the flu, and this year, there's protection against a fourth strain. "The Quadrivalent has one more B-strain in it," said Mitchell. "That B-strain is a strain that often affects people under the age of 18." 

This year there is also a high dose flu shot for seniors. Mitchell says it helps seniors build extra immunity against the flu virus. "It's a stronger flu vaccine. What studies have shown is that seniors are the ones that are getting sick and actually dying from influenza, so a stronger dose-- they're finding-- is helping them build a stronger immunity against the flu," said Mitchell.  

Some seniors have experienced side effects from the shot, which can include soreness in their arm, aches and a slight fever. But experts say the shot cannot give you the flu. "It's chemically impossible," said Mitchell. "It's not a live vaccine. It's a dead virus," she added.

Officials say to make sure you get the flu vaccine that's best for you, you should talk to your doctor. Seniors should ask what type of flu shot they're getting if they go to a drugstore or retail outlet.

To learn more about vaccinations, go to www.immunizenevada.org

Written by Jennifer Burton 

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