There are two influenza vaccine options available in the United States, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending one of them not be used during the 2016-17 flu season. According to the CDC, research showed FluMist was much less effective when compared to a regular flu shot.
As a result of its ineffectiveness, many health providers won’t be providing the needle-free nasal vaccine spray this year. Officials hope fear of shots doesn’t dissuade people from getting vaccinated this season.
The flu shot is safe for people with asthma and is covered by Medicare and other health insurance. Most people experience little or no reaction to the flu shot. The most common side effect is a swollen, red, tender area where the vaccination is given. After receiving the flu shot, it usually takes about two weeks for the body to develop immunity to influenza.
The best time to get the flu vaccine is soon after it becomes available each year. To find a flu vaccine near you, enter your zip code in the Flu Vaccine Finder below.