Phooey on the Flu-y
October 9, 2013 2:58 PM Subscribe
Can I get a second flu vaccine if the first one I got is not what I originally wanted to get, and if so, is it worth doing that?
posted by Dansaman to health & fitness (3 answers total)
I read that some of the flu vaccines (including injection type) in the US this year cover four strains instead of three strains. Logically that sounds better to me (more strains = more protection = better) and my medical group confirmed they were using the four strain type, so I got my shot today. But then when I asked them to reconfirm it was the four strain type, they said they only have the three strain type.
Their ostensible reason for only having the three strain type was because they believe there is not sufficient evidence that the four strain type is more effective. I suspect maybe the real reason is because of something related to cost/insurance coverage (or availability, but they never mentioned anything about being unable to get it) since if it's no more expensive and no less safe and it holds the possibility of providing more protection, why not use it?
Are there any doctors and nurses here who can shed any light on that topic, as well as inform me whether it would be generally considered safe among the medical community for a middle aged healthy patient to get another shot that covers four strains now that I've already had one shot (specifically FluLaval)?