Why You Should Get a Flu Shot [And Which Type]

Dr. Steve Salvatore October 23, 2017

It’s that time of the year again; flu shot time. If you get yours every year, good for you!  Because if you’ve ever had the miserable experience of having the flu, you know you never want to have it again.

Why should I get the flu shot?

Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent catching the flu yourself and goes a long way toward not infecting someone you know who could be at high risk from flu complications.

Even if you got a flu shot last year, it doesn’t mean you’re still protected.  First, your body’s immune response declines over time.  Second, flu viruses constantly change, so the vaccines are updated and reformulated.

So, this begs the question: how often should I get a flu shot? For the best protection, everyone six months and older should get vaccinated annually.

Which type of flu shot should I get?

After asking, “should I get a flu shot?”, the next question is “which type of flu shot should you get?”   In case you didn’t know, there are two different types of flu vaccine, Trivalent and Quadrivalent.  Trivalent protects against 3 strains of the virus and Quadrivalent against those 3 strains plus a 4th type of flu strain.

For all persons 4 years or older, STAT Health is providing the more comprehensive Quadrivalent flu shot this year.  For Children under the age of 4, STAT offers a special pediatric appropriate flu vaccine.  In addition, for those who are 65 and older, there is also an option to choose a high dose version of Trivalent vaccines that offers extra protection against the flu.

If you have any questions about which of these flu shots is right for you or a family member, just ask your STAT Health doctor for an appropriate recommendation.

Most insurance plans cover the cost of an annual flu shot with no out-of-pocket cost to you, so you can just walk-in to STAT Health at your convenience to get an immediate vaccination.   But don’t wait too long, because the sooner you get it, the sooner you’re protected.  Also, you should bear in mind that it takes up to 2 weeks for the vaccine to become effective, plus supplies of the vaccine can be limited.

So, don’t wait–vaccinate! Come in to see us at your local STAT Health.