Flu Vaccine

The flu vaccine is a preventive measure that helps protect against influenza viruses and their potential complications.

WHAT IS THE FLU VACCINE?

The flu vaccine, also known as the influenza vaccine, is a crucial tool in preventing the spread of seasonal influenza viruses and reducing the severity of flu-related illness. It works by stimulating the body’s immune system to produce antibodies against specific strains of the flu virus, providing immunity to those strains. Each year, the flu vaccine is updated to target the most prevalent strains expected to circulate during the upcoming flu season. It is recommended for individuals of all ages, particularly those at higher risk of flu-related complications, such as young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and individuals with underlying health conditions. Getting vaccinated not only protects the individual receiving the vaccine but also helps to safeguard the broader community by reducing the spread of the flu virus. While the flu vaccine may not offer complete protection against every strain of the flu, it significantly decreases the risk of contracting the virus and can lessen the severity of symptoms if infection does occur.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and older, with rare exceptions. It’s especially important for individuals at higher risk of complications from the flu, including young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and individuals with certain underlying health conditions.
It’s best to get vaccinated before the start of flu season, typically in the fall. However, vaccination later in the season can still provide protection as long as flu viruses are circulating. It’s never too late to get vaccinated, even into winter or early spring.
No, the flu vaccine cannot give you the flu. The viruses in the flu vaccine are either inactivated (killed) or weakened, so they cannot cause illness. Some people may experience mild side effects after vaccination, such as soreness at the injection site or low-grade fever, but these are not the flu.
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Most people who receive the flu vaccine have no serious side effects. Common side effects may include soreness at the injection site, mild fever, or body aches, which typically resolve within a few days. Serious side effects are rare but can include severe allergic reactions. It’s essential to discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider before vaccination.

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