Question: Can You Have 2 Flu Shots?

Are there different flu shots for different age groups?

There are different types of flu shots, and some are specific for certain age groups.

If you’re a senior and considering getting a flu shot this season, chances are your doctor will recommend a flu shot designed specifically for people ages 65 and older, such as a high-dose vaccine or adjuvanted flu vaccine..

Has the 2020 flu season peaked?

That being said, flu infections do tick up in the fall and peak in the winter, with February generally being the peak month for flu activity. According to CDC data for the 2019-2020 flu season, cases began to rise around the 47th week of the year — Nov. 18 — with steep increases starting mid-December.

Where is the best place to get a flu shot?

Most local pharmacies offer flu shots, as do drug stores and quick clinics. All of the major chain pharmacies in the US — CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, Kroger — offer flu shots at most of their locations across the country.

What happens if you get two flu shots?

In adults, studies have not shown a benefit from getting more than one dose of vaccine during the same influenza season, even among elderly persons with weakened immune systems. Except for children getting vaccinated for the first time, only one dose of flu vaccine is recommended each season.

Can you get two flu shots in the same season?

No. ACIP does not recommend more than one dose of influenza vaccine in a season, except for certain children age 6 months through 8 years for whom two doses are recommended.

How many flu shots can you get in a year?

How often should a person get a flu shot? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a yearly flu shot is recommended for everyone aged 6 months or older. Therefore, most individuals should get a flu shot once a year.

How effective is the flu shot for 2020?

CDC’s influenza vaccination coverage reports show that overall flu vaccination coverage (among people 6 months and older) during 2019-2020 increased from the previous season to nearly 52%.

Why is the flu shot given in two doses?

This is why two doses of influenza vaccine, separated by a month, are recommended for children under the age of nine the first season they are vaccinated. The first dose primes the immune system, while the second dose actually provides the immunity.

What age needs 2 flu shots?

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that all children who are age 6 months through 8 years old should get two doses of flu vaccine the first year that they are vaccinated against the flu.

Does flu shot weaken your immune system?

Getting a flu shot does not weaken your immune system and make you more likely to get the flu. Getting a flu vaccine prepares your immune system for the flu.

Do Flu Shots Really Work?

What do recent vaccine effectiveness studies show? Recent studies show flu vaccine can reduce the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60% among the overall population during seasons when most circulating flu viruses are well matched to the flu vaccine viruses.

Do 2 year olds need 2 flu shots?

Some children 6 months to 8 years old require two doses of flu vaccine for adequate protection from flu. Children in this age group getting vaccinated for the first time, and those who have only previously gotten one dose of vaccine, should get two doses of vaccine this season—spaced at least 4 weeks apart.

Which flu shot is best?

High-dose quadrivalent shot Antigen refers to the part of the vaccine that stimulates your immune system to respond and protect against the flu virus. A high-dose vaccine is recommended for older adults because up to 85 percent of flu-related deaths occur in people ages 65 and older.