For the first time, there's a new flu vaccine available commercially throughout the country this flu season. It's the first vaccine designed to protect against four strains of influenza.
Healthcare providers are starting to receive their first shipments of seasonal flu supplies.
The FDA approved the latest influenza vaccine to protect against four strains of the flu. Most current vaccines protect against three.
The quadrivalent influenza vaccine will be available at various healthcare providers and pharmacies depending on who placed orders for the new vaccine after it was approved late last year. Locally, some doctors offices already have it. YNN checked in with some retailers. Rite Aid says it will have it. Wegmans and CVS told us they will provide the three-strain influenza vaccine this flu season. Walgreens says it will have both. It's suggested you call ahead to be sure.
"It is really the same flu vaccine, it is manufactured the same way, people do not need to be frightened that it is something new and different it just has two B strains in that makes infinite sense," said Dr. Ann Falsey, RGH Infectious Disease Physician.
The vaccine manufacturer says this is considered a transitional year, so not all healthcare providers will have it, but will in the next year or two.
"The only thing about flu that is predictable is that it is unpredictable. So it is really a worth while thing to do, it is very safe and we recommend everybody get it. The recommendations are everyone over age six months," said Dr. Falsey.