Just a little note to hopefully educate you about the flu shot. So what is the flu shot? The flu shot is a vaccine that is given in anticipation of protecting oneself from a specific type of virus known as the influenza virus. This virus usually affects people during the winter months. Its symptoms can vary from headache, fatigue, malaise, fever, aches, drainage, congestion, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. The CDC estimates that there are between 3000 and 49000 deaths each year associated with the flu.
When do I need to get the flu shot? Right now is a great time. The shot takes about two weeks to take full effect within the body. Therefore, any two weeks prior to an exposure to the flu virus is a good time. Taking a shot today would allow you to be protected in about 2 weeks and that coverage would continue through next spring.
Is it possible to get a flu shot and still get the flu? Yes. The flu vaccine is developed early in the year, based upon what scientists and researchers believe to be the most likely viral threat. Many years their prediction is accurate, but they have also missed on their prediction.
If the scientist predict inaccurately is the flu shot useless? No. Just because the exact virus may be missed by the scientists, many times the acquired virus will be very similar to strain within the vaccine and this will allow for some protection. Therefore, it is still wise to get the shot.
If you have questions or need a flu shot, come by the store and we will be happy to sit down and visit with you about it. Thanks for your time.