What to know about vaccinations for flu

Whether you are looking for a vaccination that will protect you against 11 of the 20 common strains of flu, or you are simply hoping to avoid the symptoms that come with it —…

What to know about vaccinations for flu

Whether you are looking for a vaccination that will protect you against 11 of the 20 common strains of flu, or you are simply hoping to avoid the symptoms that come with it — such as sneezing, coughing, and fever — being immunized is always important. While vaccines for flu have a roughly 80 percent success rate, the exact range of protection is not clear. So knowing where to look for flu vaccinations is a way to help protect yourself, too.

The CDC’s Centers for Disease Control have compiled a handy list of 15 vaccines that are available in the United States, making it easy to find one that will do the job. Here is the list of available vaccines in 15 of the highest-risk groups:

Hib/ftb Hib vaccine—Immunized Babies infants (0-30 months) Adults 2-49 years (including some who are immune-compromised) Adults 50-64 years (including some who are immune-compromised) Teens/young adults 6–24 years (including some who are immune-compromised) People with compromised immune systems (non-pregnant and older adults) People with underlying medical conditions (including those with heart, lung, kidney, liver, and neurological conditions) People with autoimmune diseases (adult and pediatric)

These vaccines have performed well in studies. If you are trying to follow this advice, keep in mind that your prescription flu vaccine will not prevent all flu-like symptoms.

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