If you have not gotten your seasonal flu shot yet, you may be much more susceptible to getting sick as flu season progresses in the chilly winter months. The flu shot is the best line of protection against the flu, but many people still hesitate to get this helpful vaccination at the start of each flu season. Below you can get some answers to common questions about the flu shot that may help clear some misconceptions holding you back from getting vaccinated.
Can I Still Get the Flu after Vaccination?
A flu shot makes you about 60% less likely to need treatment for the flu, and less likely to become sick at all. Importantly, the flu shot has beneficial effects across large populations, reducing the spread of the virus from person to person. This means that the vaccine is most effective when anyone who is able to get the flu shot does at the start of every flu season. It is also worth noting that the flu shot does not contain an active strain of the flu virus, and does not give you the flu. The shot works by allowing the body to build up antibodies to the virus without actually getting you sick.
Does the Flu Shot Hurt?
The flu shot uses a very small needle and does not cause much pain or discomfort. Still, there is an alternative with the nasal spray vaccine, which may be administered to most people between the ages of 2 and 49.
Where Can I Get the Flu Shot?
You may have a flu shot in the doctor’s office, a hospital, or most local pharmacies. Some workplaces and schools also offer flu shots, and they are generally covered by health insurance so there is no cost to patients.
What Are the Side Effects of the Vaccine?
There may be some immediate and mild side effects of the flu shot such as fever, runny nose, or nausea. Serious side effects only tend to occur in individuals with a severe allergy to eggs or existing illnesses accompanied by fever.
Are you prepared for flu season this winter? If you still need your flu shot or you have more questions about the vaccine, call Sunrise Hospital at (702) 233-5300 to speak with one of our registered nurses.