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Q: How can I best protect my family during the 2014-2015 flu season?
A: One of the most effective ways to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to have every family member receive an influenza vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends receiving a flu shot as soon as they become available. I suggest picking a specific day or week in September to visit your pharmacy to receive vaccinations, since the vaccine can last up to 8 months. Walgreens offers influenza vaccinations every day during the flu season with no appointment necessary, often with short wait times. Discuss with your pharmacist which product is best for each member of the family. The flu vaccine comes in two forms: a flu shot and a nasal spray. The flu shot contains killed (inactive) viruses and is approved for people age 6 months and older. The nasal spray flu vaccine uses live, weakened flu viruses instead of dead ones and is approved for healthy people aged 2 through 49 years. It is also important to remind all family members to practice good hand hygiene by proper hand washing. Utilizing these two suggestions should help protect you and your family this flu season.