Between the months of October and May, catching the flu is a major possibility. With germs easily spread throughout classrooms, daycares and offices, it is easy to catch the viral infection. And, with symptoms including fever, chills, muscle aches and fatigue, the flu can leave you out of pocket for weeks.
To prevent catching the flu, you should consider getting the flu vaccine. While many people avoid getting the flu shot because they’re worried they will catch the flu (which is not possible), it is one of the only ways you can truly prevent getting sick. Here is everything you need to know about the flu vaccine to help ease your mind.
- Who can get the shot?
Anyone 6 months of age or older should get the flu vaccine. Even women who are pregnant or people with chronic health conditions are safe to get the shot.
- Who should avoid the shot?
Those younger than 6 months of age and those with life-threatening allergies to the flu vaccine or any of its ingredients should avoid getting the shot.
- How effective is the shot?
Although the effectiveness can vary, studies show that the vaccine reduces the risk of getting the flu by about 50-60% among the overall population.
- Does the shot work the same for everyone?
The short answer is no. Although the vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu, how well it works depends on how well the vaccine matches the flu virus and the overall health and age of the person. However, despite the health of the individual, flu shots should always provide some level of protection.
- Are there any risks?
Many people worry they will catch the flu from the vaccine, which is not possible. Actually, the flu shot has very few risks. Very rarely, people will experience muscle pain or a feeling of discomfort after receiving the vaccine, but this usually lasts no more than two days.
If you want to get the flu vaccine, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the quality care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.