Quick Answer: Which Flu Shot Is Best?

Are there different flu shots for 2020?

There are two new vaccines licensed for use during the 2020-2021 flu season.

The first is a quadrivalent high-dose vaccine licensed for use in adults 65 years and older.

This vaccine will replace the previously licensed trivalent high-dose vaccine..

What is the difference between a regular flu shot and a senior flu shot?

In response to a regular flu shot, older people produce 50% to 75% fewer antibodies, which protect against the vaccine antigens, than do younger adults. Studies have found higher antibody levels in older adults who received high-dose flu vaccines than in those who received standard flu vaccines.

Are there 2 different flu shots this year?

For 2020-2021, all flu vaccines except one are quadrivalent. The only trivalent flu vaccine available this year is Fluad, an adjuvant vaccine for people aged 65+. (Confusingly, Fluad is available this year in both trivalent and quadrivalent forms.)

How long does the senior flu shot last?

The flu shot offers protection against the flu for at least 6 months. Healthcare professionals usually vaccinate most people in October, when flu activity typically begins to increase, so their immunity will last until the following April.

What are the side effects of the senior flu shot?

Senior flu shot side effectsSoreness, tenderness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given.Headache or muscle aches.Fever.Nausea.Fatigue.

What strains are in the flu shot 2020?

The 2020 seasonal influenza vaccines for the southern hemisphere include the following strains:an A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus.an A/South Australia/34/2019 (H3N2)-like virus.a B/Washington/02/2019-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus.a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.

How effective is 2020 flu shot?

CDC’s influenza vaccination coverage reports show that overall flu vaccination coverage (among people 6 months and older) during 2019-2020 increased from the previous season to nearly 52%.

Are all flu shots the same quality?

Are all influenza vaccines the same? All influenza vaccines contain antigen derived from the same influenza viruses, with the one difference being that trivalent vaccines have 3 different antigens and quadrivalent vaccines have four different antigens (the same three that are in the trivalent vaccines, plus one more).

Is it OK to get a flu shot at a pharmacy?

Pass it on: It’s generally safe for most people to get their flu shot at a pharmacy or grocery store, though experts say infants should be not immunized in such settings.

What is the best month to get a flu shot?

It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to protect you. Ideally, the best time to get the shot is in early September and no later than late October. If you don’t get it early, getting a flu shot later still helps. Vaccination earlier may cause protection to weaken by end of the season.

What are the negatives of getting a flu shot?

Some possible downsides to flu shots include:only about 40–60% of flu shots are effective in preventing the flu each year.they can take up to 2 weeks to start working.sometimes, they cause mild side effects, such as pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site.More items…•