About the Flu Vaccine

Flu Vaccine
The flu vaccine is only $25 at American Health Center.

There are no prior appointments required and walk-ins are welcome during hours of operation.

Why should I get the flu vaccine?

The flu can be a very serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Complications from the flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes.

How does the flu vaccine work?

The flu vaccine causes your body to produce antibodies which provide protection against the viruses that are in the vaccine.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

Everyone over the age of 6 months should get the flu vaccine annually. The flu vaccine usually becomes available around September. The following groups of people are highly encouraged to get theflu vaccine because they are at high risk of developing pneumonia if they get sick with the flu:

  • Anyone with asthma, diabetes, chronic lung disease
  • Pregnant women
  • People 65 years or older
  • Anyone who works in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from the flu including health care workers and household contacts and caregivers of children younger than 5 years of age with particular emphasis on vaccinating contacts of children younger than 6 months of age (children younger than 6 months are at highest risk of flu-related complications but are too young to get vaccinated.)

Why do I need a flu vaccine every year?

The flu virus changes every year. The flu vaccine is developed each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they change.

Are there any side effects to the flu vaccine?
Some minor side effects that could occur are:

  • Soreness, redness or swelling where the shot was given
  • Fever (low grade)
  • Aches

What else can I do to prevent the flu?

  • Cover your nose and mouth with your sleeve or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water you can use an alcohol based sanitizer.
  • Stay away as much as you can from people who are sick.
  • If you get the flu, stay home from work or school for at least 24 hours after the fever has ended. If you are sick, don’t go near other people to avoid infecting them.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs often spread this way.