For the 2015 – 2016 flu season, there was only one type of high-dose flu shot available. However, next year a new high-dose vaccine, Fluad, will offer another option.
Isn’t one kind of high-dose vaccine enough? Not always. Later in flu season, you can still get vaccinated, but pharmacies may run out of the less common kinds of flu vaccine—like the nasal spray, small needle, or the high-dose shot. Another high-dose flu shot should help with availability for the 2016 – 2017 flu season.
Is there anything unique about Fluad?
Yes. Fluad is the 1st FDA approved flu vaccine that contains an adjuvant. Adjuvants are incorporated into some vaccines to help improve the immune response of the vaccinated individual. It is also a high-dose vaccine, which is recommended for anyone 65 and older. The only other high-dose flu shot currently available is Fluzone High-Dose.
Is Fluad currently available in other countries?
Are there any similar vaccines for those 65 years of age and older?
What are the side effects of Fluad?
The most common side effects of Fluad include injection site pain and tenderness, muscle aches, headache, and fatigue.
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