Influenza, more commonly known as "the flu", is a highly contagious disease that can cause fever, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches and fatigue.
The flu is caused by influenza viruses and is spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing.
Complications of the infection include pneumonia, seizures (in children), and worsening of existing conditions such as heart disease, asthma and diabetes.
Every year in the United States, up to 20 percent of the population gets the flu, and more than 200,000 hospitalizations and about 36,000 deaths occur from flu complications. Approximately 90 percent of these deaths are among people age 65 and older.
Although the incidents of influenza are the highest in young children and they serve as a main source of flu virus transmission, deaths among children are uncommon.
The 2013-2014 trivalent influenza vaccine protects against an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus; an A(H3N2) virus antigenically like the cell-propagated prototype virus A/Victoria/361/2011; a B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus. The quadrivalent vaccine contains the above three viruses and a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus. While the H1N1 virus is the same virus that was included in the 2012-2013 vaccine, the influenza H3N2 and B vaccine viruses are different from those in the 2012-2013 influenza vaccine.
Walgreens: Vaccines subject to availability and immunizing professionals on duty. State, age and health-condition related restrictions apply. Other vaccines may be available. See the pharmacy for details.
Take Care: Vaccines subject to availability and immunizing professionals on duty. State, age and health-condition related restrictions apply. Other vaccines may be available. See clinic for details. Patient care services provided by Take Care Health Services?, an independently-owned professional corporation.
Medicare Part B: Medicare Part B generally covers one flu vaccine per beneficiary per flu season.