Flu season is just around the corner so it is time for you and your family to start thinking about getting your annual flu shot.
What is the flu shot?
The flu shot is a vaccine given with a needle, usually in the arm. This year's annual flu shot will offer protection against three and four of the influenza viruses expected to be in circulation this flu season.
This year vaccine brand? Is that safe?
This year approved flu vaccine is safe and effective, locally made by one licensed supplier, Hualan Biological Engineering Inc. Both trivalent (three-component) and quadrivalent (four-component) flu vaccines will be available.
What the different for this year’s flu vaccines?
In addition to the A1, A3 and BV viruses that are covered by common trivalent influenza vaccines, the approved four-influenza virus cracking vaccine also contains the BY influenza virus, which is the main viral strain prevalent in China's flu season in 2017-2018.
Who should get vaccinated this season?
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza, including: