The Flu Shot and What You Need to Know
The flu is a very serious illness and due to the recent years, we have seen how the flu can affect people’s health in a negative way. You do have options for receiving the flu shot.
Below are some answers to common questions that people have about the vaccination.
We hope that you find this information useful.
Some benefits of the flu shot are you are at a lesser risk of getting the flu. Receiving the flu shot helps your body's immune system make antibodies to fight against the different strands of the flu that may be prevalent in that season. The flu shot is active for up to six months, it will also prevent you from getting flu-related symptoms
Not only being flu season, from October to the end of January, is the most common
months to contract a cold which can present similar symptoms as the flu. It is important to contact your doctor if you show symptoms so they can help you decipher the difference between the flu and a common cold. The flu has a wide variety of symptoms.
Many think that the symptoms of the flu are just a fever, body aches and fatigue,
however, other symptoms of the flu could be hives, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose,and headaches.
The flu shot is offered to the public in most places starting in October and is available until the end of January the following year. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that people get the flu shot by the end of October. This is recommended because the flu shot takes up to two weeks after receiving it for the antibodies to develop.
Children are recommended to start the vaccination process sooner because they do need
two doses of the vaccine that are required to be given four weeks apart.
The flu shot is not 100% effective but it does protect against most strands of flu. The flu virus changes each year which is why it is important to get the flu shot every year. In 2010 a study was conducted stating the flu shot is only 10-30% effective. The chances of getting the flu after receiving the vaccine decrease but there are additional factors may increase the chances of contracting the flu these factors include: age and general health of the person getting the vaccine.
The flu shot is not the only way one can protect themselves from getting the flu. There are standard precautions that everyone should get used to practicing not only during flu season but throughout the entire year. These habits include: covering your cough or sneezes with a tissue or into the inside of your elbow, avoid touching your mouth or nose and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water. An increased chance of spreading germs are caused by people with illnesses going to work, school, or running errands. When ill, keep in mind not to touch high usage items, handles, cell phones and pens. If you are sick make sure that you stay home and rest, not only for your benefit but for the benefit of others.
Flu shots are available at your doctor's office, walk-in clinics, pharmacies, as well as college health centers and some public schools. CVS, Walgreen's, Rite Aid, and urgent care are some of the more known places in the Danbury area that can offer the flu shot at no charge to you.
As we age our immune system get a tiny bit weaker and it is harder for us to fight off
illnesses. Getting the flu shot may give you a lower risk of contracting the flu virus. Just like humans population, the flu virus is always growing and evolving. The flu shot is designed every year based on the advancement of the virus in the past year. Getting the shot every year will help your body fight off the virus as it changes and becomes stronger.
Related articles of interest www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts