What is a flu shot?
A flu shot is the seasonal influenza vaccine to help protect against flu viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. New flu vaccines are developed twice a year because the influenza virus changes quickly. The seasonal flu shot should offer medium to high protection against that season’s flu and helps for a quicker recovery after one ends up catching the flu.
Why should I get a flu vaccine?
Influenza is a potentially serious disease which could lead to hospitalization and possibly death.
Symptoms of influenza include:
- Fever and chillsflu symptoms
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Ear pressure
- Muscle aches
- Irritated, watering eyes
- Reddened eyes, skin (especially face), mouth, throat and nose
The flu vaccine has been proven to help prevent, reduce the symptoms, and recover quicker from the flu.
Who should get a flu vaccine?
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend seasonal flu shots for almost everyone over 6 months old, especially those deemed at high risk. These groups include pregnant women, the elderly, children between six months and five years of age, those with other health problems, and those who work in healthcare.
Who shouldn’t get a flu vaccine?
Again, anyone over the age of 6 months old should get their seasonal flu vaccine. Those who should not get the vaccine include:
Children younger than 6 months are too young to get a flu shot.
People with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine. This might include gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients.