I understand that there are a number of different flu vaccines being offered to adults this flu season. What can you tell me about them?
Depending on your age, health and personal preference, there are six different ways to get immunized against influenza this year.
Just as they do every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a seasonal flu shot to almost everyone over the age of 6 months because it’s still the best protection against the flu.
If you get a flu shot, you’re 60 percent less likely to get the flu. And if you do happen to get it, you’re likely to have a milder case if you’ve been inoculated. The flu puts more than 200,000 people in the hospital each year and kills on average about 24,000. Here’s the rundown on the different vaccines that are available this flu season:
Standard flu shot: This tried-and-true shot that’s been around for more than 30 years protects against three strains of influenza, and is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. This year’s version protects against the two common Type A strains H1N1 and H3N2, and one strain of Type B influenza virus.
Quadrivalent vaccine: New this year, this vaccine that protects against four types of influenza – the same three strains as the regular flu shot, plus an additional B-strain virus that primarily affects kids. Available to everyone 6 months and older, the quadrivalent shot will be available in limited supply this year, therefore it’s primarily recommended for children.
Fluzone High-Dose: Designed for seniors age 65 and older, this vaccine contains four times the amount of antigen — the part of the vaccine that prompts the body to make antibody — as a regular flu shot does, which creates a stronger immune response for better protection. The manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur, says its research shows the shot to be 24 percent more effective in seniors.
Fluzone Intradermal: If you’re squeamish about needles, the intradermal shot is a nice option because it uses a tiny micro-needle to inject the vaccine just under the skin, rather than deeper in the muscle like standard flu shots. This year’s version will protect against three strains of influenza, and is recommended to those ages 18 to 64.
FluBlok: Created for people who are allergic to eggs who have had to skip their yearly flu shot. FluBlok is the first egg-free flu vaccine developed through cell technology from three flu strains cultured in caterpillar cells. This shot, however, is only recommended to younger adults between the ages of 18 and 49.
FluMist: This nasal spray vaccine protects against four strains of influenza, just like the quadrivalent shot, but it’s only recommended for those between age 2 and 49.
To locate a vaccination site that offers these options, ask your doctor or pharmacist, or check the online flu-shot locator at flushot.healthmap.org. Most chains like CVS, Walgreens, Safeway, Kmart, Walmart, Rite Aid and Kroger will offer the standard and high-dose shots, along with the flumist nasal spray. But because of limited supply, it may be a bit more difficult to locate the intradermal, quadrivalent or flublock vaccines.
You’ll also be happy to know that most health plans and Medicare will cover the cost of a flu shot. But if you’re not covered by insurance, you can expect to pay around $25 to $35 for a standard, intradermal or quadrivalent flu shot, or $50 to $60 for a shot of the high-dose or flublock.
For more information on the different flu vaccines, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov/flu, or call 800-232-4636.
Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.
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In this YouTube video, produced by CheerSounds Music and Training, a company that creates music for cheerleading teams, watch as these bathing suit-clad cheerleaders — some of the country’s best — storm Daytona Beach, Fla., wowing with their jaw-dropping acrobatic skills.
Filmed in April as the National Cheerleading Association College Nationals came to an end, the video captures the energy and exuberance of Stuntfest 2013 — an annual, though unofficial, event that sees the coming together and en masse cheer session of NCA championship competitors after the contest comes to an end.
“It’s not an organized event. It’s like, the competition’s over and everybody’s still in Daytona, there’s no stress — and so, they think, ‘We’re the best cheerleaders in the entire world, let’s speed date but in cheerleader format,'” Carmine Silano, owner of CheerSounds, told The Huffington Post Monday of Stuntfest.
Most of the talented young people working together in the video didn’t know each other before the event, Silano says, adding: “One person will go up to another and ask, ‘Do you know how to do such-and-such stunt?’ And if they do, they try it out.”
Armed with a video camera, Silano, who was himself a cheerleader during his college days, was there at “Stuntfest” this year.
“So many people in the world don’t even know that this sort of cheerleading even exists,” he said. “Everybody thinks of poms poms and they don’t realize that there’s this really acrobatic side of it. That’s really amazing to me — it’s what got me into cheerleading in the first place — so I wanted to capture it on film.”
The resulting video — entitled “Dream Big” — has since gone viral, attracting more than 90,000 views since it was posted online last week.
“This video is really for younger, aspiring [cheerleaders],” said Silano of the clip. “It’s all about dedication. Don’t think you can’t be as awesome as the people in this video because at one point, they probably didn’t realize they could do this either. Dream big, don’t think you can’t be this. Remember: They’re just college kids having fun on a beach.”
That’s what we thought, too.
That was until Dominic Sandoval (you may recognize him from “So You Think You Can Dance”) showed us otherwise.
This season three winner of “America’s Best Dance Crew” (who also went on to serve as a judge) decided to — for one day — trade in his dancing gear for a superhero suit. He dressed up as Iron Man and bought up pillows, T-shirts and some of his favorite treats –- Doritos and Mountain Dew –- and doled them out to homeless people in need.
“I can’t shoot stuff out of my hands. And I can’t shoot stuff out of my face. And I can’t fly or do all those really cool superhero things,” Sandoval said in his YouTube video. “But I can still help someone, which I feel like is the real reason for superheroes.”
Yep, this sure looks like a superhero to us.
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