Watching Out for Flu this Flu Season


In order to combat this year’s flu season, we need to protect ourselves and our loved ones from it. The most ideal and effective way to do so is to get the whole family vaccinated. If you do not skip your yearly flu shots, you will be able to enjoy the following benefits:

  • Reduced visit to the doctor’s
  • Productive time in school or work
  • Prevention of flu-related hospitalizations
  • Healthier and livelier family

The flu season this year is completely different from the last year. The same goes for the previous years. Do you remember A (H1N1)? Years ago, it has become a global health concern but today, we have devised ways on how to live without the fear of the virus.

So what should we know about this year’s flu season?

There are only a few things that are new this season and these are:

  • Injectable flu shots
    This year, know that flu shots are exclusively available and recommended via subcutaneous route.
  • Updated versions
    The flu virus kept on evolving to penetrate our body’s line of defense. Luckily, scientists and researchers from around the globe are able to formulate flu vaccines that can come face to face with these evolved and stronger viruses.
  • New vaccines
    In connection with updated versions of vaccines, there are new ones available in the market.
  • Altered recommendation for vaccination
    People with egg allergies, hear us out. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC recommends that the flu shots you will take will have a different prescription. Ask your doctor about this.
  • Oseltamivir is now a pill
    Oseltamivir is useful in blocking off the actions of influenza virus type A and B. This medication has been made available in pharmacies in liquid form. This year, it can now be sold as a pill. You will no longer have any discomforts when carrying this medication around.

What flu vaccines that the CDC recommends this flu season?

As we have previously mentioned, you should only get the injectable flu shots. Some flu vaccines work against 3 types of flu viruses, while others against 4. You can head on to your trusted pharmacy as early as now.

The options provided for you by St. Mary Pharmacy, the leading Pharmacy in Palm Harbor, are the following:

  • Standard dose flu shots
  • High-dose shot (recommended for older people)
  • Shot made with adjuvant (recommended for older people)
  • Shot made with the virus that is grown in cell culture
  • Shot made with the use of a recombinant vaccine

And we want you to know that the authorities do not recommend you getting the nasal spray vaccines or the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV). This is due to the questions and concerns on its effectiveness. As we said, stick to the regular injectable flu shots this year.

What type of viruses can this year’s flu shot protect you against?

According to the CDC, the regular shot can protect you from the following flu viruses:

  • A/California/7/2009 (H1N1) pdm09
  • A/Hong King/4801/2014 (H3N2)
  • B/Brisbane/60/2008 (B/Victoria lineage)

And if you go for the four component vaccine, you get to have the protection against the viruses we mentioned above plus the B/Phuket/3073/2013 (Yamagata lineage).

Do you have more questions about this year’s flu vaccine? Ask them now by visiting our website at or through our following social media accounts:

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