What is a Flu Shot?

by | Jul 29, 2020 | Influenza (Flu), Vaccines

Flu Shots Explained

It’s that time of year again—flu season. Everywhere you look you see advice about getting a flu shot, when to get the flu vaccine, and more. When it comes to your health, it’s important you get the most up to date and accurate information.

What is the Flu Shot?

Influenza vaccines, also known as flu shots, are vaccines that protect against infection by influenza viruses. The influenza virus rapidly changes, so new versions of the vaccines are developed twice a year. The flu vaccine trains your body’s immune system to make antibodies to attack the flu virus. If you’re exposed to the flu virus after receiving the flu vaccine, your immune system will recognize the virus and immediately produce antibodies to fight it.

Who Should Get the Flu Shot?

Everyone six months old and older are recommended to get a flu vaccine every year. The flu shot is particularly important for people who are at high risk of developing serious flu complications such as adults over the age of 65, pregnant women, and young children. Talk to your doctor before receiving the flu shot if you have an allergy to eggs or any of the ingredients in the vaccine.

Visit the CDC website to learn more about who should and shouldn’t get the influenza vaccine

When Should I Get the Flu Shot?

It’s best to get the shot before the flu starts circulating so that you can be protected. The flu shot takes about two weeks to start protecting you, so we recommend you get the vaccine before the end of October.

Common Misconceptions

I’m Scared of Needles so I’m Not Getting the Flu Vaccination

The flu vaccine is available in a variety of forms. Our no-needle flu shot removes the fear associated with needles, allowing even those who are afraid of needles to stay protected this flu season!

I Can’t Afford to Get The Flu Vaccination

For most people, the vaccine is free. Health Insurers are required by law to fully cover flu vaccinations with a copay or coinsurance. For those without insurance, check your local clinic or give us a call! Complications from the flu can become quite serious if left untreated. A trip to the emergency room will cost much more than the flu vaccine would have!

The Flu Shot Makes People Sick

The shot cannot give you the flu, although some side effects of the shot are commonly mistaken for illness. Side effects can include a low-grade fever, headache, body aches, or an overall feeling of illness. These effects are the body’s normal immune response to inactivated virus.

The Vaccine is Only Partially Effective so I Shouldn’t Get It

While you’ll hear statistics such as the 2017-2018 flu vaccine being only 40% effective, they can be misleading. This number only measures your risk of being diagnosed with the flu, not how the vaccine reduces the severity of the symptoms of the flu. Studies have shown that those who get the flu shot but still get the flu not only have shorter symptoms, but are much less likely to be hospitalized or suffer serious complications.

Get Protected this Flu Season!

At Vickery Vaccine Service, our focus is keeping you protected, healthy, and informed. Book your appointment online today or give us a call at (267) 477-1010 and stay protected this flu season!

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