As fall settles in, so does flu season, and that means it’s time to get your flu shot. Why? The Influenza (flu) viruses typically spread more rapidly in the fall, with their peak time being in December through February.
When Should I Get My Flu Shot?
It’s important to get vaccinated early, at least two weeks before flu season starts (before the end of October), to give your body enough time to develop the necessary antibodies. However, if you missed this deadline, it is still beneficial to get vaccinated as it provides protection throughout the flu season.
Is The Flu Vaccine The Best Form Of Prevention For Everyone?
Yes! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that everyone ages six months and older should receive a flu vaccine. You can get more information on the flu shot from the CDC here.
If I’ve Already Had The Flu, Do I Still Need the Flu Shot?
Excellent question! And yes, even if you have already contracted the flu this season without getting vaccinated, it is still essential to get your flu vaccination. The vaccine protects against four various flu virus strains, and you may have had just one type of flu virus strain. Therefore, the vaccine will protect you from other flu strains you haven’t had.
Why Is There A New Flu Shot Every Year?
Developing a new flu shot every year is necessary for various reasons. One of the key reasons is that flu viruses can mutate and evolve every year, which makes it important to update the vaccine to protect against the strains expected to circulate in the United States. Additionally, the immunity provided by the flu shot received in the previous year could decrease over time and might not be adequate to prevent influenza disease in the upcoming flu season.
How Do Flu Shots Help Me Fight The Flu?
The flu shot works by helping your immune system produce antibodies that will guard you against the influenza virus.
Does the Flu Shot Cause The Flu?
Contrary to popular belief, the flu vaccine does not cause the flu. While you may experience mild, flu-like symptoms, the flu vaccine itself has not actually given you the flu.
Where Can I Get A Flu Shot Near Me?
If you are in Braselton, Cumming, Duluth, or surrounding areas, Advanced Urgent Care and Aesthetics is near you and well-prepared to help protect you from the flu! Stop by any of our convenient Urgent Care locations to get the flu shot for yourself and your family!
Is The Flu Shot Safe?
Flu vaccines have a strong safety record, with extensive research supporting their safety. Over the past 50 years, hundreds of millions of Americans have safely received flu vaccines.
Who Is Most At Risk Of The Flu?
Flu can affect anyone, regardless of age or health status. However, children and older adults aged 65 and above are at higher risk of developing severe complications from influenza. Pregnant women and those with certain chronic medical conditions are also more susceptible to complications. It’s important to take precautions and seek medical attention if you experience any flu-like symptoms.
How Much Do Flu Shots Cost?
Typically, most health insurance plans will cover the cost of the flu shot. For people who don’t have health insurance, the flu shot at Advanced Urgent Care & Aesthetics will cost $30 out of pocket, in addition to the office visit charge and/or copay due at the time of service.
What Are The Side Effects Of The Flu Shot?
After receiving a flu shot, it is common to experience soreness, redness, and swelling at the injection site. In addition, the CDC reports that minor side effects may include headache, fever, nausea, muscle aches, and fatigue. Some people mistake these symptoms as having the flu, but they are just mild side effects caused by the flu vaccine. In rare cases, more severe side effects may occur, including difficulty breathing, hoarseness or wheezing, hives, fast heartbeat or dizziness, swelling around the eyes or lips, and weakness. These could be signs of a severe allergic reaction, and you should contact your healthcare provider immediately or head to the nearest emergency room.
Who Is Not A Good Candidate For A Flu Shot?
It is not recommended for children under 6 months old to receive a flu shot. If you have a severe, life-threatening allergy to any ingredient in a vaccine, including the flu vaccine (excluding egg proteins), it is not advisable to get vaccinated. Such allergies may include gelatin, antibiotics, or other components. If you experienced a severe allergic reaction from a previous dose of the influenza vaccine, it is not recommended to take the same flu vaccine again, and you may not be able to receive other influenza vaccines in the future. It is important to consult your healthcare provider to determine whether vaccination is appropriate for you if you had a severe allergic reaction to an influenza vaccine in the past.