Allergic to eggs? Hate needles? Over age 65? Want extra flu protection? No problem, flu experts say: This year's choice of vaccinations covers all of those scenarios.
"We're moving away from the one-size-fits-all to choosing the best possible vaccine for an individual's age and condition," Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious disease specialist at the Mayo Clinic, told The Associated Press.
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New options include:
A shot that covers an additional strain. If you have kids, you might want to get to a clinic quickly - experts anticipate demand will be higher than supply, as less than a quarter of vaccines will offer the extra protection. The shot covers two strains of the A-class of viruses and both of the B-class strains. The B-class usually hits kids. This season's flu mist will also protect against all four; a bonus for needle-shy children.
An egg-free shot. In the past, people allergic to eggs were advised to steer clear of the flu shot. This year, they can request Flublok, developed through cell technology from flu strains cultured in caterpillar cells - no eggs involved.