The flu is a serious, potentially life-threatening illness. According to the CDC, millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. The best way to protect yourself against influenza is to get an annual flu shot.
Who Should Get the Flu Shot?
Everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccination yearly. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends getting the shot before the end of October. This is because it takes about two weeks for your body to develop immunity, and after October, the flu is usually beginning to spread. However, if you cannot get the flu shot before the end of October, you should still get one! The vaccine can still help protect you from the flu.
Why every year?
It’s important to get a flu shot annually because the body’s immune response from a vaccination declines over time, making a yearly vaccine best for protection. It is also crucial to get a flu shot every season because the flu viruses are constantly changing. The vaccine formula is updated each year to reflect the present viruses.
Side Effects of the Flu Vaccine
You may experience side effects from the flu shot. These side effects should only last a few days and cannot cause the flu.
Side effects can include things such as:
- Pain, swelling, or redness where the shot was given
- Muscle aches
- Upset Stomach
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