Flu Shots Facts and F.A.Q.

Q: "When is the best time to get the flu shot?"

A: The prime time to receive a flue shot is between October through November since influenza normally occurs from November until the month of April.

Q: "Will the flu shot give me the actual flu virus?"

A: No. The Flu vaccine is safe since the vaccination is composed of dead/inactive viruses which are non contagious.

Q: "Is it necessary to get a flu shot every year?"

A: Yes. It is essential to get the shot every year since the virus changes each year and flu shots are updated to best treat the current virus.

Q: "Is the flu shot effective?"

A: Yes. The flu shot is the most important and effective means of preventing influenza due to the 70-90% prevention rate in people under the age of 65.

Q: "Does the flu shot contain side effects?"

A: Only one-third of people who get the flu shot will experience soreness at the actual vaccination spot while only 5 % to 10% will encounter mild side effects like headaches and low-grade fevers.

Q: "Who should I get a flu shot?"

A: The CDC recommends a yearly flu shot for any person who want to lower their risk of acquiring influenza. However, certain precautions are given for specific people, such as infants, the elderly and pregnant women, due to the high risks of complications. More information on high risks can be found at the CDC website.

Q: "Does the flu shot prevent me 100% from getting the actual flu?"

A: No. The flu shot is the best means to prevent the flu from occurring but it is not 100% effective. Also, the shot does not take effect until 1-2 weeks after it is received. However, it is the best means in taking prevention from contracting the yearly virus.

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