The Center For Disease Control (CDC) strongly advises that the elderly stick with the flu injections for Winter 2017. The nasal spray version, marketed under the name FluMist, fell out of favor with the CDC last flu season.
Flu Vaccine: Nasal Mist
For the second year in a row, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has decided not to recommend the nasal spray. It based its decision on the sprays recent poor performance compared to the injection versions of the vaccine.
Flu Injections: Stronger Version
For those age 65 and older, the CDC urges physicians to use a stronger version of the vaccine. The new Fluzone High-Dose Seasonal Influenza Vaccine is four times stronger compared to the traditional flu injections.
Flu injections take about two weeks to build their germ-fighting capabilities within the body.
The peak U.S. influenza season is usually late December through early March, but flu activity can begin at any time in the fall and last throughout May.