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8 Fast Facts about the Flu Shot

GUESS WHAT? IT’S that time again. No, I’m not talking about the pumpkin lattes (although let’s face it, we’re all totally excited about those too!). It’s time to bite the bullet and get your flu shot, so you don’t have to miss the annual orchard outing.

Here are 8  fast facts about the flu shot you should know:

1. It takes up to 2 weeks for the flu shot to work

2. The seasonal flu shot does not protect you from every single flu virus out there. It only protects agains the viruses that research indicates will be most commonly seen during the upcoming season. So yes, you can still get sick if you catch a rarer flu virus.

3.  If you have kids under 6, they will need 2 flu shots this year if they never had a flu shot before to build immunity. These are spaced about four weeks apart.

4. Babies over 6 months old should be vaccinated.

5. If you’re a new mom then yes, you can get the flu shot when breast feeding.

6. No, the flu shot does not make you sick. In the injectable form, it is an inactivated virus. Remember though, the flu shot takes 2 weeks to be fully effective. If you were exposed to the virus (or another virus) right before you received  or too shortly after, you can still get sick. It’s not the flu shot, it’s the exposure.

7. You can still get chills, a slightly elevated temp, and minor body aches or inflammation elsewhere on the day you get the flu shot. This means your immune system is on point. You body is simply revving up to churn out some antibodies when the real deal attacks.  

 8. Those with egg allergies can receive the vaccine (If the allergy is severe, the recommendations is to sit it out for 30 minutes in the doc’s office before you high tail out of there).

Get vaccinated!

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    December 4, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Another vulnerable group also needs the flu shot: the elderly. They have a weak immune system and are at high risk of getting the virus. Thanks for reminding me to take my Mom to the clinic for her shot!

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    P Siason
    December 4, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    I like it that the post is very straightforward and easy to understand. It is true that people vaccinated with flu shot can still get sick because there are different strains of the flu virus. I think the symptoms are just less severe. Children and the elderly people are at high risk so the flu shot is definitely recommended for them. It is important to boost the immune system during the flu season.

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    December 4, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Oh, so pregnant women can also get the shot. I’ll tell my friend about this. Thanks for the info! 🙂

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    December 4, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Vaccines means protection from diseases especially the infectious ones. Unfortunately, in the likes of Flu shot, since there is no definite study that can predict how viruses evolve, it does not provide total protection. But if a person feels the urge to get it, then this article is worth reading.

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    December 4, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    I think my kids really need to get flu shots since flu is epidemic in our place these days. Thanks for the tips they are really helpful!

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    December 4, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    That is a very interesting article. I did not know the vaccine does not work on some types of Flu Viruses.

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