Four Questions About the Flu Vaccine
With flu season upon us, it’s time to take a look at the flu vaccine and get informed. If you haven’t received your flu vaccine yet, please give us a call to see if you are eligible and if it is right for you.
Why get a flu vaccine?
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), influenza or “the flu” is a disease that can lead to hospitalization or in some cases, death. During October through May, is active flu season and the chances of getting the flu are higher. The more people that are vaccinated, the less it will spread.
How do flu vaccines work?
Antibodies are what protect against infection in your body. Flu vaccines, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.
Should I get the flu vaccine?
If you are six months of age or older you should get a flu vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). It’s important to get the vaccine each season because its effectiveness declines over time. It is especially recommended for those children younger than 5 and especially under 2 and adults 65 and older, as well as pregnant women and residents of nursing homes. Some people with allergies should check with the doctor first.
What are some benefits of the flu vaccine?
Here are some benefits from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) for getting the flu vaccine: 1. Most obviously, it can keep you from getting the flu! 2. May make your illness milder if you get sick. 3. Can help avoid you going to the hospital because it reduces the risk of more serious flu complications. 4. It shows you care because it helps protect others from getting sick.