What are the proven advantages of the flu vaccine?

Agree w Dr. Lahage. If you have ever had influenza - you would probably want to avoid going through that suffering again. If you have influenza and pass it on to another - the illness could cause significant morbidity or even death.
It saves lives. Flu vaccine is made of either an inactivated virus (injection) or and attenuated virus (intranasal). None of the 2 forms can give you a disease that would be more severe than if you were to catch the flu itself. Flu can kill you. The vaccine will protect you and the people around you.

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How does the flu vaccine work?

Antibodies. It is recognized as foreign by the human body and antibodies are made against it which later attack the flu virus itself if contracted and help the immune system fight back. Read more...
Immune system. Causes the body to produce an immune reaction to viral proteins. his builds immunity to the flu virus. The proteins are derived from the viruses that predicted to be responsible for that years infections. Read more...

How expensive is the flu vaccine?

Varies by Location. If you have insurance it is covered by most insurance without any copay and is available at most drug stores like CVS/WALGREN and others.Also available at your doctor' office If you have no insurance it may cost you approx. 25 to 30 dollars in NJ.Price may vary in other states. Read more...

Does insurance usually cover the flu vaccine?

Yes it does. Most insurance cover Flu vaccine without any copay and one can even get it at your neighborhood drug store or at your doctor's office. Read more...

How many doses of the flu vaccine does my baby need?

Depends on... Whether your baby has received flu vaccine in previous years. It's 2 doses a month apart for the 1st year that a child under 9 years old gets flu vaccine. Every year after that is 1 dose per year. Children 9 years and older are always 1 dose per year. Children 24 months and older may have the nasal mist instead of the injection, as long as they don't have asthma, diabetes, or heart disease. Read more...