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Time to get the flu shot to avoid the sniffles

11:21 AM, Oct 9, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - Flu season is here which means it's time to get a flu shot.

Do you need the regular vaccine, the one enhanced for seniors or the flumist?

Coloradans will have plenty of new ways to protect themselves from the flu for the 2013-2014 season, according to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

New options include quadrivalent shots and nasal sprays offering protections against four flu virus strains, instead of the usual three.

In addition, there is a new vaccine available for people with severe allergies to eggs, which are used in standard flu vaccination production.

Also, for people who are afraid of getting shots, there is an intradermal vaccine that goes only into the skin rather than the muscle. It is a small, thin needle.

The CDC recommends anybody over the age of six months to get a flu vaccine. Children between the ages of six months to eight years who have never received a flu vaccine should get two doses of the vaccine spaced at least four weeks apart.

People 65 years and older, children younger than five and pregnant women with any certain chronic medial conditions are at high risk of serious complications from seasonal influenza.

There were more than 1,500 hospitalizations and five pediatric deaths cause by the flu in Colorado during the 2012-2013 season.

You can contact your health care provider to find out which vaccine is best for you. Depending on location, new forms of the flu vaccine may not be available yet.

To find out where you can get vaccinated and vaccines available visit: http://flushot.healthmap.org.

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