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Old 10-08-2019, 01:21 PM
 
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They picked the wrong flu strand this year so the shot won't be aligned with what appears to be the strand going around.
Strain.

There is no way to know how well the vaccine matches circulating strains until the season is over.
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Old 10-08-2019, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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They picked the wrong flu strand this year so the shot won't be aligned with what appears to be the strand going around.

And, they pulled the initial meds off the market, and targeted more accurately with the replacement.
We actually benefited from an early flu season in Europe, which helped them identify the predominant strain.

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Old 10-08-2019, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Cary
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Got mine yesterday. Pharmacy, as others have said.
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Old 10-08-2019, 02:02 PM
 
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Got mine this morning at work. Dayum my arm is still sore
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Old 10-08-2019, 02:12 PM
 
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My pediatrician office is all booked up for their flu clinics until mid November. I have tried other local pediatricians however they only offer for established patients.

Can anyone recommend where my toddler can get the flu shot? Are the minute clinics and cvs/target locations reliable? Would you trust going there?

Thanks.
All the various pharmacies offer flu shots and will bill your insurance company. In the past I've used: CVS, Rite-Aid, and Walgreens. Even the pharmacies within grocery stores offer flu shots -- there's one in Harris Teeter.

Check on age restrictions for flu vaccine at the pharmacy you want to go to; I'm not sure if a toddler can be accommodated. Give the pharmacy a call.

====> Here's a good resource for alternative sites for flu shots for children.
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Old 10-08-2019, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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They picked the wrong flu strand this year so the shot won't be aligned with what appears to be the strand going around.
There are 3-4 strains of flu in every dose of vaccine. Most vaccine this year has 4 strains. The flu season has barely started, so I have no idea how "they" know these strains are incorrect. Perhaps you have some documentation?
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Old 10-08-2019, 02:49 PM
 
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And, they pulled the initial meds off the market, and targeted more accurately with the replacement.
We actually benefited from an early flu season in Europe, which helped them identify the predominant strain.
That is untrue. Nothing has been pulled off the market. One company's vaccine was being shipped late (though I think it's all been shipped by now) and they blamed it on the delay by the WHO and the FDA in selecting strains that more properly matched circulating strains of H3N2 virus.

Europe has the same flu season as we do. Australia has the opposite, and strains usually hit the southern hemisphere first.

https://www.aappublications.org/news...inedelay070519
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Old 10-08-2019, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Lake Gaston, NC
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I have read where the Australian flu season has been one of the worst. Not sure if that is a predictor for the US but sure hope not.
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Old 10-08-2019, 03:32 PM
 
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I have read where the Australian flu season has been one of the worst. Not sure if that is a predictor for the US but sure hope not.
Sometimes it is and sometimes it isn't. We won't know until things get underway.
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Old 10-08-2019, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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That is untrue. Nothing has been pulled off the market. One company's vaccine was being shipped late (though I think it's all been shipped by now) and they blamed it on the delay by the WHO and the FDA in selecting strains that more properly matched circulating strains of H3N2 virus.

Europe has the same flu season as we do. Australia has the opposite, and strains usually hit the southern hemisphere first.

https://www.aappublications.org/news...inedelay070519

Pharmacists told me they returned their vaccine in August due to a change in target.
Truly, they did tell me that.
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