Last year's flu season was a tough one! As flu season once again approaches, it's not too early to get your flu shot because when flu season kicks up, it's easy for the disease to be passed from one person to another. Start taking proper precautions now for you and your family by following the tips below and getting a flu shot.
According to WebMD, if you develop the flu, it can leave you laid up in bed for days, possibly weeks. If you develop the flu, you can experience:
Fever of 101 or above
Muscle aches and pains
Dry, unproductive cough
In some cases, the flu can result in serious complications, such as pneumonia. To keep from getting sick, you should get the flu vaccine each year. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) , the flu shot can reduce your risk of developing the flu by 40 to 60 percent.
What Viruses Will the 2018-2019 Flu Vaccine Protect Against?
The flu virus is constantly changing, therefore, the flu vaccine needs to change as well. Each year, the CDC reviews the flu vaccine and it is updated to match the circulating viruses of that year. For the 2018-2019 flu season, the three component vaccines contain:
- A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
- A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 A(H3N2)-like virus (updated)
- B/Colorado/06/2017-like (Victoria lineage) virus (updated)
What Types of Flu Vaccines Are Available?
There are a few different types of flu vaccines available. The vaccine that you choose depends on your age and your preference.
Standard-dose trivalent shot: This type of vaccine is given to people who are six months of age or older and it is administered with a needle.
High-dose trivalent shot: This type of vaccine contains a higher dose of the vaccine and is recommended for people 65 years of age or older. It's administered with a needle.
Recombinant trivalent shot: This is an egg-free version of the shot, designed for people who have egg allergies. This shot has been approved for people 18 years of age or older and is administered with a needle.
Flu-Mist: This vaccine is for healthy people between the ages of 2 and 49. It should not be given to people with respiratory issues or certain allergies. This vaccine is given as a spray that goes up the nose, making it a great option for anyone who has a fear of needles.
Can I Get The Flu From the Flu Shot?
There are many people who avoid getting the flu shot because they're worried that they will develop the flu. It's possible to have some minor side effects the next day, such as redness in the area where the shot was given, a mild fever, and minor muscle aches. These side effects typically last just 24 hours.
The standard, high-dose, and the recombinant shots don't contain the active flu virus, which is necessary to develop the flu.
The Flu-Mist vaccine contains a very small amount of the active flu virus, however, it isn't enough to cause the flu. Since the vaccine cannot cause the flu, there is no reason not to get one.
Considering how debilitating the flu can be, the fact that it can make you miserable, and the fact that you can easily spread it to others, you should get your flu shot this year sooner rather than later!
The professionals at Orchard Hospital can get you vaccinated quickly, keeping you healthy throughout the entire flu season.
Did you know that Orchard Hospital has a walk-in clinic? We do! We offer Flu shot clinics starting in September and going through October 31. Visit us at our Medical Specialty Center—Your Everyday Health Care Clinic—if you think you may be coming down with the flu. We offer flu immunizations as well as screening, diagnosis, and treatment for the flu. We will take care of you quickly and efficiently. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Open 7 days a week. It’s our goal to have fast and friendly care while delivering quality health care.
Our mission at Orchard Hospital is to provide our community with superior healthcare. We strive to ensure that your experience at Orchard Hospital is as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Our priority is to provide you with the care you need when you need it, with skill, compassion, and respect.