Flu Vaccine Types

Learn more about your flu vaccine options.

In an average year in the United States, 36,000 people die from flu–and over 200,000 are hospitalized. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu vaccine is your best protection against the virus. Ask your health care provider or Aurora pharmacist which type of flu vaccine is right for you.

  • Flu Shot for ages 6 months+
  • Intranasal FluMist for ages 2-49
  • The traditional "flu shot" is for children (6 months of age or older), adolescents, and adults of any age–including pregnant women. It's given by intramuscular injection with a needle.
  • FluMist intranasal vaccination is a flu vaccine that is sprayed into the nose. It's recommended for healthy children, adolescents, and adults 2 to 49 years of age.

Who shouldn't get the flu vaccine?*

While generally safe, the flu vaccine isn't recommended for everyone.

The flu shot should NOT be given to:

  • Children younger than 6 months of age
  • Anyone allergic to any part of the vaccine, including a severe allergic reaction to eggs (If you can eat foods made with eggs, you can get the vaccine)**
  • Anyone with history of serious allergic reaction after getting influenza vaccine
  • Anyone with a moderate to severe fever
  • Any person who developed GuillainBarre Syndrome within 6 week of a previous flu vaccination

The intranasal FluMist should NOT be given to:

  • Anyone allergic to any part of the vaccine, including eggs
  • Children/adolescents receiving aspirin therapy
  • Any person who developed Guillain-Barre syndrome within 6 weeks of a previous flu vaccination
  • People with known/suspected immune system problems
  • Pregnant women
  • People with underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney dysfunction, blood disorders, neurological conditions
  • People with asthma
  • Children between the ages of 2-4 with a history of recurrent wheezing or asthma episode

*Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

**For the 2013-2014 flu season, a new completely egg-free vaccine called FluBlok is available for patients with severe egg allergies. Ask your provider for more details.

More questions about the flu and flu vaccine?
Check out our Flu FAQ, or visit the CDC website for additional information, news, and resources.