The standard 2014-2015 influenza vaccine will protect against influenza A (H1N1 and H3N2) viruses, as well as the common influenza B virus. Another form of the vaccine called quadrivalent protects againt these same viruses and an additional form of influenza B. Both forms are available in two varieties — intranasal and injectable. The intranasal form (sprayed into the nose) is generally not recommended for those affected by neuromuscular disease.
Check with your doctor before obtaining any vaccine, especially if you're affected by myasthenia gravis, polymyositis, dermatomyositis, or taking immune-suppressing medications such as corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone, deflazacort, prednisolone).
If your current health coverage doesn't include seasonal flu vaccines as a preventive health benefit, MDA's Flu Shot Program can help.
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