Schippert said there is still a small percentage of the population that believes you can get the flu from the flu shot.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called the 2017-18 flu season a "high-severity season", meaning there were high levels of hospitalizations for influenza-like illnesses and "elevated and geographically widespread influenza activity for an extended period". Health officials recommend that almost all Americans get flu vaccinations to blunt the impact of a disease that annually infects millions.
All LAIV vaccines will be quadrivalent, created to protect against four different flu viruses: two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.
The influenza viruses are constantly drifting and shifting, both between flu seasons and during them.
The vaccine has been around for a few years, but officials hope its availability through the health department will allow more older people to know about it and have access to it.
This is the same reason doctors recommend you get vaccinated in early fall instead of waiting until peak flu season to get protected.
And no, regardless of the myth that is so often heard at this time of the year, the flu vaccine doesn't cause those who take it to develop influenza. "One year it might be a great match to what is in the flu vaccine, and other years we may see it drift a little bit", Aigner said. As we age, our immune system weakens.
But not having enough time isn't a good one in Glynn County anymore. More than 80 percent of doses are created to protect against four flu strains. The flu vaccine is a preventive service under the Affordable Care Act, so it's fully covered and available at no cost through most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B.
Pregnant women and those with a chronic health condition are also considered high-risk for complications from influenza.
However, a new study by Kaiser Permanente Northern California showed the risk of contracting the flu goes up by roughly 16 percent every 28 days after vaccination. In order to get the nasal spray vaccine, however, you need to meet some criteria.