Flu Shot Season

October is finally here! Cooler weather means that people will be moving indoors and will be in close proximity to one another, meaning an increased risk for spread of disease. Come in to Beaverton Pharmacy today to get your annual flu shot to protect yourself from the flu virus!

It is recommended that persons 6 months and older are to receive a flu shot annually to provide an adequate level of protection to possibly new influenza viruses for the corresponding year. In addition, the influenza vaccine is recommended in women who will be pregnant during the flu season. The influenza virus spreads by respiratory droplets from sneezing and coughing. If you think you have the flu, it is important to stay home to prevent further spread to others.

Here at Beaverton Pharmacy we have three different types of influenza vaccines available – trivalent, quadrivalent, and high dose. Our pharmacists are happy to speak with you about which vaccine is right for you. Most insurance will cover some or all of the cost.

The influenza vaccine works by introducing a portion of the virus that is inactivated into your body so your body can respond to it and create a memory of the virus and be ready to act accordingly in the future. Typically, the flu shot takes up to two weeks to provide maximum protection. Just to clarify, getting a flu shot does not cause the flu, so it is unfortunate for those unlucky enough to have received the vaccine and had the flu in the same year.

The difference between trivalent and quadrivalent vaccines is that the trivalent protects against three strains of influenza, while the quadrivalent protects against four. The quadrivalent provides additional protection only if the fourth strain is circulating that particular year.

The high dose flu shot is approved for persons 65 and older. As we age, our immune system weakens. The high dose provides four times the amount of what is called antigen, which in turn, produces a stronger immune response.

If you are allergic to eggs, it is recommended that you receive Flucelvax or the recombinant vaccine Flublock, neither of which are produced in eggs. A good rule of thumb is that if a person is able to eat lightly cooked eggs, or products containing eggs, then any vaccine will be appropriate.

As always, feel free to stop by or give us a call with any questions you might have. Come visit us soon!