The start of flu season here in the United States is just a few weeks away. It’s time for my wife and me to get our flu shots, just as we have for as long as I can remember. My neurologist and our primary care physician both recommend the shot.
Many people, particularly those of us with MS, have questions or concerns about these shots. Each year I’ve found social media forums are filled with flu shot debates. Based on what I’ve seen, some of those debates are based on facts but others will be based on unsupported, or poorly supported, opinion. Let’s talk facts.
Types of flu shots
Three types of flu vaccines are available this flu season: inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV), recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV), and live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), which is a nasal spray. But, according to the Centers for