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Are there different kinds of flu shots?

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In addition to the standard flu shot and nasal spray, intradermal shots use smaller needles and only go into the top layer of the skin instead of deeper into the muscle. They're approved for people 18-64.

For those age 65 and older, a high-dose version of the flu vaccine is recommended. It may be more effective at protecting the elderly because their immune systems are more fragile.

From: Seasonal Flu Shot and Nasal Spray WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

CDC: "Estimating Seasonal Influenza-Associated Deaths in the United States: CDC Study Confirms Variability of Flu;" "Seasonal Influenza;" and "Burden of Influenza."

Pediatrics , published online Feb. 1, 2011.

FDA: "2009-2010 Seasonal Influenza Vaccines."

KidsHealth.org: "Is the Flu Vaccine a Good Idea for Your Family?"

Flu.gov: "About the Flu."

GlaxoSmithKline.

CDC: "Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine in Children 2 through 8 Years Old." 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 08, 2018

SOURCES: 

CDC: "Estimating Seasonal Influenza-Associated Deaths in the United States: CDC Study Confirms Variability of Flu;" "Seasonal Influenza;" and "Burden of Influenza."

Pediatrics , published online Feb. 1, 2011.

FDA: "2009-2010 Seasonal Influenza Vaccines."

KidsHealth.org: "Is the Flu Vaccine a Good Idea for Your Family?"

Flu.gov: "About the Flu."

GlaxoSmithKline.

CDC: "Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine in Children 2 through 8 Years Old." 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 08, 2018

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