Several variations of flu vaccine available this year
Central Florida seeing mild to moderate number of cases of influenza
There's been so much discussion about Enterovirus and Ebola you may have forgotten we really need to focus on the flu.
As we hit flu season it's important for kids and adults to take steps to protect themselves.
But did you know there are new and different options this year?
And picking just the right one is what will give you the best fighting chance against the flu.
Following chemotherapy for breast cancer Debi Katz's immune system was suppressed, and that's a big concern for someone whose job in retail puts her in contact with a variety of people very day.
"I am with the public and people are coming in every day and they're coughing and sneezing. There's germs everywhere," said Katz.
So Katz didn't hesitate when her doctor strongly recommended a flu shot this year.
"Ii definitely did it as a preventative to make sure i don't get the flu," said Katz
Flu season begins to ramp up in October and this year experts recommend you get your shot before Halloween.
But did you know there are four different kinds of the flu vaccine?
The standard flu shot covers three strains of influenza and are given with a smaller needle.
Then there is the new Quadrivalent vaccine that protects against four strains of influenza.
It covers H1N1, H3N2 and two B viruses which gives you a bit more protection that the regular shot.
But if you're considering it for your child check with your doctor because the Centers for Disease Control says some Quadrivalent vaccines aren't safe for children under three.
If you're 65 or older you have an added choice.
There's a high dose vaccine with four times the antigen.
And finally, there's the flu mist. It also protects against four viruses.
And for the first time, the CDC is recommending the nasal spray for kids ages 2 to 8.
In fact, recent studies show it may work better than the flu shot in younger children often preventing 50 percent more cases than the injection.
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