Patients usually start asking about whether they should get a flu shot right around this time of year, as seasons change and the weather becomes cooler. At Riviera Allergy Medical Center (RAMC), we want our patients to be as healthy as possible. Generally, it is a good idea to receive a vaccination against the flu so you won’t have to worry about becoming ill, but there are some things to take into consideration before walking into the corner drugstore and receiving a shot.
We want to educate you about what is involved in the vaccination process so you don’t have any adverse reactions. Since a vaccination protects you by injecting a type of virus into your body, it is important to know what vaccine you are receiving. Four vaccines, each containing protection against four forms of this year’s anticipated virus, have been recently approved by the FDA:
- Fluarix Quadrivalent from GlaxoSmithKline
- Fluzone Quadrivalent from Sanofi Pasteur
- Flulaval Quadrivalent from GlaxoSmithKline
Talk to a medical professional about which vaccination would be most appropriate for your health history.
Dr. Ziegner also recommends that you take certain factors into consideration before receiving a flu shot. For children aged 6 months through 8 years, the medical professional should ask whether your child has ever received an influenza vaccine before, as this will affect the amount of doses. In general, it is recommended that pregnant women, or those who may become pregnant, receive an inactivated influenza virus vaccine. Although it is advisable for all people over 50 receive a flu vaccination, not all vaccines may be appropriate. Consult your medical professional about which form is safest and most effective for your age and medical history.
You May be Allergic to A Flu Vaccination
You need to be very careful about which vaccination you receive if you have an egg allergy. Some manufacturing processes involve growing a virus in eggs, and you may experience a reaction to this type of vaccine, depending on the severity of your allergy.
Two new vaccines have been developed which use technologies that minimize or avoid the use of eggs. Riviera Allergy has egg-free and preservative-free flu vaccines.
If you are considering receiving a flu vaccination, ask us whether you may be allergic to any of the ingredients or manufacturing processes. If you have already received a vaccination and think you are experiencing an allergic reaction, seek medical help immediately so that a trained professional examines you and determines a course of action to treat your symptoms.
About RAMC – Riviera Allergy Medical Center offers comprehensive treatment for the most common food allergies, skin allergy medicine, and asthma prevention. Located at 1711 Via El Prado, Suite 101 in Redondo Beach, the allergy and asthma center is headed by renowned seasonal allergy treatment specialist, Dr. Ulrike Ziegner. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 310-792-9050 for more information or to schedule an appointment for allergy treatment.