Originally Posted by stephenson
Just been TOLD by local pharmacy that the enhanced strength vaccine (trivalent) is required for over 65.
Can't find definitive statement from any government or other medical site that it is mandatory - just that the over 65 version has greater amount of antigen to assist in less robust systems.
Last year the pharmacy gave me the stronger vaccine automatically. However, it may not protect against as many variants of the flu virus, so I've been told.
This year I was given a choice - the usual vaccine that protects against four
types of flu, or the stronger vaccine that protects against three
types of flu. I don't seem to be overly sensitive to these kinds of infections, and my immune system is not weakened by some disease, I chose the regular vaccine that protects against four types of flu.