You have probably heard that you should have a flu shot, but did you take heed to the warnings? Many adults fail to get their flu shot each year, and it can be detrimental to your health. Here are some surprising facts about the flu shot that you should know.
When to Get a Flu Shot
The CDC recommends that everyone over six months of age should get a flu shot every year. They also recommend that you get a flu shot in October because it takes up to two weeks for the antibodies to develop in the body. This will ensure you are protected when flu season really kicks into high gear in January. However, it is never too late in the season to get a flu shot. If you haven’t had one yet, now is the time.
Flu Season Lasts Longer than You Think
Most people associate the flu with the winter months, but actually the flu season is from October until May. If you get your flu shot now, you will still be protected through the majority of the flu season this year.
Which Flu Types It Protects Against
There are three main types of flu: Influenza A, B, and C. Influenza B is the most common, although influenza A is also a threat. However, there are many different strains of each type of flu. Every year the flu virus mutates and becomes a new strain. This is why you should get a flu shot every year. Each year the flu vaccination is developed to protect against the strains that are anticipated to be the biggest health risk.
The Shot Doesn’t Cause the Flu
Many people do not get a flu shot because they think that it gives them a bit of the flu, and they don’t want to be sick. In reality, you cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine. If you have a slight fever or mild nausea after a flu vaccine, it is because it is a side effect of the vaccine, and it usually goes away within 48 hours.
If you haven’t had your flu shot yet this year, it still isn’t too late. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.