You're much more likely to experience a bad reaction to the flu than you are to react negatively to the vaccine. The number of pediatric deaths attributed to the flu, as of August 25, was 180 - the highest since 171 died during the severe 2012-13 flu season. But, at the end of the day, anyone who is able to get the vaccine, in any form, should. The Director of Communicable Disease Prevention Tiffany McFee said its important for everyone who is able to get their flu shot.
"There are several different flu viruses". Influenza activity starts to pick up the pace in October and November. But last season's first flu cases were not confirmed until late October.
The season officially begins September 30th, but Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) says it's already confirmed four flu cases.
Flu vaccines have been updated to better match now circulating viruses. The B/Victoria component was changed and the influenza A (H3N2) component was updated.
Health officials recommend that almost all Americans get flu vaccinations to blunt the impact of a disease that annually infects millions.
Pruitt also noted that a physician's order is required prior to giving a vaccination to pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Quadrivalent shots: These are created to provide protection against the same viruses dealt by the trivalent shots and a fourth one, a variant of the influenza B virus. "All recombinant vaccines will be quadrivalent".
Websites such as https://vaccinefinder.org can help locate where doses are available in your neighborhood.
The flu vaccine is safe and does not cause the flu.
As of now, manufacturers are providing between 163 and 168 million doses of injectable vaccine for the US market for this upcoming flu season.
 Survey was conducted in the United States by The Harris Poll on July 12-16, 2018, among 2,020 adults ages 18 and older.
This year's trivalent vaccines will protect against the A/Michigan strain, a H1N1-like virus; A/Singapore, a H3N2-like virus; and B/Colorado (Victoria lineage), while the quadrivalent vaccine will also protect against the B/Phuket strain (Yamagata lineage).
"Surprising to many, it can actually take up to two weeks for the flu vaccine to build immunity", explained Angela Patterson, Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer at MinuteClinic.