Learn more about the Flu Shots

What is Influenza (Flu)?
Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza virus. It can cause from mild to severe symptoms, in severe cases even lead to death. Individuals typically can pass on the flu to someone else 1 day before their actual onset of symptoms and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Symptoms typically include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, very tired (fatigue), and even possibly vomiting with diarrhea. It’s believed that flu spreads mainly by droplets, meaning while an individual coughs, sneezes, talks, or when a person touches a surface that has flu virus on it followed by touching their own face. Anyone can get flu. It does not discriminate. But, flu can make you miss work, school, or even be hospitalized. Get the flu vaccine and protect yourself and your loved ones.

Benefits of Influenza vaccine?
It helps prevent acquiring the flu, helps reduce flu illness, severity of the symptoms, and duration of the illness which ultimately leads to reduced doctor’s visits, missed days from work/school, and flu related hospitalizations.

Are there complications of Influenza illness?
Yes. Complications of flu can include pneumonia, ear infections, dehydration, sinus infections, worsening of chronic medical conditions, in severe cases even lead to death.
How does flu vaccine work?
Flu vaccines prevent individuals from contracting the flu illness. They make us produce antibodies to fight of the disease without actually infecting us with it. So, if ever a vaccinated individual comes in contact with flu their immune system will recognize and immediately fight it. By getting vaccinated you’re boosting your body’s defense system known as immune system but also preventing the spread of disease.

Can the flu vaccine make you sick?
No. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza vaccines are composed of a dead virus and can’t give someone the flu. However, the flu vaccine is typically given during a season when respiratory viruses are very common and since it takes 2 weeks after receiving the shot to develop immunity the individual is less likely to be able to fight it off.

What types of flu does 2016-2017 flu vaccine protect against?
Trivalent flu vaccines include:
• A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus,
• A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus and a
• B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (B/Victoria lineage).
Quadrivalent flu vaccines include:
the same three viruses above, plus an additional B virus called B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata lineage).
Who should get vaccinated against Influenza this season?
Everyone 6 months of age and older including pregnant women, individuals with chronic conditions and health care workers.
Individuals who should not get the Influenza vaccine (Flu)?
Children younger than 6months old and people with severe allergies to flu vaccine or any of its ingredients.