Each year, an estimated 10 to 20% of the U.S. population contracts influenza (the flu). The illness can last a week, causing loss of productivity and employee absenteeism.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the best way to prevent the flu is through vaccination each flu season. For this reason, doctors recommend flu vaccinations for people 6 months and older.
Since FluMist was not approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), insurance companies will not provide coverage, so Vaccine Administrators will not be offering it during the 2017-18 season.
The flu shot is made from a dead form of the influenza virus and is administered to the upper arm. The flu shot cannot cause the flu. Minor side effects reported (soreness at the injection site is most frequent; mild fever and aches are less common).