Why the Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine This Year?

Throughout the years, as flu strains mutate and change,  there there have been many different flu vaccines available to combat the different strains of influenza. You may be wondering which of these vaccines is the right choice for you. It can be confusing, but here at AFC Urgent Care Vernon we’re going to help you sort it out.


Why the quadrivalent flu vaccine this year?

The standard flu vaccine is the Trivalent Influenza Vaccine. This vaccine protects against three (3) different strains of Flu: Two A Strains(H1N1 & H3N2) and one (1) B Strain. The B strain in the vaccine is determined by which Strain is projected to be the most prevalent for that particular year. We are offering the the Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine this year because we are adding another B virus to the vaccine aims to give broader protection against current circulating flu viruses. It is the most comprehensive flu vaccine to date and can protect against the most common strains of the virus that we are seeing. 

Who is the quadrivalent flu vaccine meant for?

Factors that can determine a person’s suitability for vaccination, or vaccination with a particular vaccine, include a person’s age, health (current and past) and any allergies to flu vaccine or its components. Different vaccines are approved for different age groups. There is a quadrivalent flu shot that can be given to children as young as 6 months of age and another approved for children 3 years and older. The quadrivalent nasal spray vaccine is approved for people 2 through 49 years of age who do not have contraindications to the nasal spray vaccine.

Is the quadrivalent flu vaccine safe?

Flu vaccines that protect against four flu viruses are made in the same way as the flu vaccines that have been around for years that protect against three flu viruses.  They are safe. The difference is the addition of another vaccine virus. Studies have shown that vaccines made to protect against four flu viruses have a safety profile similar to seasonal flu vaccines made to protect against three viruses, with similar—mostly mild—side effects. Hundreds of millions of people have safely gotten flu vaccines that protect against three flu viruses. Like all seasonal flu vaccines, vaccines that protect against four flu viruses will be monitored for their safety and effectiveness.

Can the flu vaccine give me the flu?

No, a flu vaccine cannot cause flu illness. Flu vaccines that are administered with a needle are currently made in two ways: the vaccine is made either with a) flu vaccine viruses that have been ‘inactivated’ and are therefore not infectious, or b) with no flu vaccine viruses at all (which is the case for recombinant influenza vaccine).

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Different flu vaccines are approved for use in different groups of people. Come on in Today! At AFC Urgent Care Vernon walk right in, no appointment necessary. We are located at 179 Talcottville Road Vernon CT 06066 . Our location is open 7 days a week and ready to treat you. We accept most insurances.