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Everything You Need To Know About The Flu Vaccine

What are Flu Shots anyways?

Influenza is a virus that spreads from one person to the other. So when the flu season is near, people start to catch it and transfer it to others. This way the entire city is affected and goes through serious illness. To avoid getting sick in the flu season, one must take a flu shot because it is the best way you could protect yourself and your surroundings. Read on to find out what a flu shot is and how it works.
• A flu shot is a vaccine that helps develop anti-bodies two weeks after the shot. These anti-bodies fight against the flu virus and prevent us from getting sick.
• A traditional flu shot can fight against three main viruses – influenza A H1N1, influenza A H3N2, and influenza B.
• A flu shot strengthens the immune system.
• A seasonal flu shot is the best way for protection against flu.
• There are fives types of flu shot; high dose shot, intradermal flu shot, egg-free flu shot, traditional flu shot, and nasal spray shot.
• Flu shots can easily be taken from a local clinic, pharmacies, hospital, etc.
Flu season starts from fall and stays till spring. In this season, it is very important for everyone to get vaccinated so that they do not get sick. People that are prone to catching flu virus should be very careful and always get a flu shot before it’s too late.

Is The Vaccination Safe?

Flu vaccinations are generally considered very safe. There are however a few side effects to the vaccine that certain people can encounter. The Food and Drug Administration along with the Centers for disease Control and Prevention play an important role in ensuring that the seasonal flu vaccinations given to people are extremely safe.

People Who Should Get Flu Shots

Babies who are 6 months old to individuals who are older should get vaccinated every flu season. This is because a flu shot will last only one flu season.

People Who Should Not Get Flu Shots

Different types of flu vaccinations can be given to people in different groups. There are certain factors that need to be considered for determining which flu vaccine would be suitable for which type of person. These factors include the current and past health of a person, their allergies, and age. Some of these factors include:
• A history of severe reaction to a flu vaccine
• An illness associated with a fever in which case you should wait it out until you get better
• A history of Guillain–Barré Syndrome which is a severe paralytic illness
When you have any of the above, you should seek the assistance of a medical practitioner regarding how you should proceed. They will be able to guide you with regards to what you should do in a better manner.

Should Vaccination Be Given To A Person Not Feeling Well?

If you have a fever, then you should get better before receiving a flu vaccination. However, flu vaccinations can be given to individuals who are suffering from mild diseases or a respiratory illness that does not result in a fever.

Side Effects To Flu Vaccinations

As soon as a person gets a flu shot, they might experience mild side effects. These usually last for about a day or two. Some of the mild side effects include fever, nausea, headaches, fainting, redness, swelling, or soreness where the injection was given.
Nasal sprays could have their own side effects such as wheezing, runny nose, vomiting, headache, fever, muscle aches, or other severe side effects. If severe side effects are experienced, then a person should seek immediate medical attention.

Aftercare for Flu Patients

Our doctors provide efficient care to flu patients and make sure that they follow a recovery plan and always get a flu shot at the beginning of the season.

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