Complications of flu this year are wide-spread. They can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. There are several different ways of getting vaccinated this year they are:
1. Regular seasonal flu shot which is injected into muscle (usually in the upper arm) for ages 6 months and older
2. A hi-dose shot vaccine for people 65 and older
3. An intradermal vaccine for people 18 to 64 years of age which is injected with a needle into the “dermis” or skin. This vaccine is available for the first time for the 2011-2012 season.
4. A nasal-spray flu vaccine — this vaccine is made with live, weakened flu viruses that is given as a nasal spray/for people 2 to 49 years of age who are not pregnant.